Science fiction and fantasy
Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children
directed by Tetsuya Nomura
Two years after Sephiroth's defeat, Cloud Strife is working as a delivery rider. He has taken in a number of orphans, some of whom are sick. A mysterious disease known as geostigma is affecting people, particularly the young.
In Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children the world itself is a character, made physical in the form of the Lifestream. A major theme of the series is the way man, in the guise of the unscrupulous Shinra corporation, has plundered the natural environment and is killing it. The Shinra corporation eventually came to see the error of their ways, and in this sequel Rufus Shinra is looking to make amends. Cloud is also looking for forgiveness and redemption, although he seems to have lost all hope of finding these things.
On the surface, however, this is a good-versus-evil romp, with the chance to see all the old characters once again, reimagined in much finer detail. It's a gorgeous movie. Nobuo Uematsu's score verges from the grandiose to the delicate, turning Final Fantasy VII : Advent Children into a feast for the senses. The characters are lifelike, but they move with no regard to the normal rules of physics. This makes for some extremely stylised, yet very entertaining, fight scenes. Characters leap to superhuman heights, keep balance and speed when they should fall, and blatantly disregard the laws of gravity.
All of the crew put in an appearance, even Yuffie and Cait Sith, although if you blink you'll miss some of them. This film is strictly one for the fans of Final Fantasy VII. If you haven't played the game then most of the references will pass you by, and most likely you will wonder what the point of it all is. But seen in the context of part 2 of a series, it works well. Although short, this is an enjoyable return to the themes and characters of the game. Unlike many movies that are made into games, this one actually has a plot, although the villains are as mad as ever. If you loved Final Fantasy VII you will love this.
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