Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.


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Directors:

Tetsuya Nomura , Takeshi Nozue (co-director)

Writers:

Kazushige Nojima, Brian Gray (English screenplay)

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12 September 2005 | piotyr
10
| Excellent on all fronts...unfortunately, I doubt it will reach an audience outside of FF7 fans
Graphics: brilliant, obviously. The most stunning things were definitely NOT given away in the trailers. Fight sequences move extremely fast, but after watching a couple of them your eyes should be used to it and it won't seem so confusing. Cloud has a wide array of swords, and I kinda wish things were moving a LITTLE slower just so we could see them, because they were each incredibly detailed. Oh, and we finally get to see exactly how one equips Materia...

Music: brilliant also. I was a bit nervous about it, since (from what I've seen) Nobuo isn't the best at writing music to go along with action (remember the Steal the Tiny Bronco sequence?), but it's brilliant and it fits perfectly. I'm glad I preordered the OST. They changed the lyrics to One Winged Angel though, so you won't be able to sing along if you know the Carmina Burana Lyrics.

Plot: the first half of the movie sets up things and introduces everyone in a fairly complex tapestry, but the second half is almost entirely fight sequences, once all the players are in place. I wouldn't call it a weak plot, but it's nowhere near as convoluted as the game's plot was. I think this is in an effort to avoid trying to overshadow the game, and I think that's a good thing...the movie is its own entity, and shouldn't try to top the original in terms of sheer plot.

I admit, I was kind of hoping that this movie would bring FF7 to a wider range of people, but this is NOT a mainstream movie. I was going to give it only nine stars, just because it doesn't even really try to explain anything to newcomers...Marlene (at least I think it was Marlene...sounded like her) gives a bit of background at the beginning, but it's more of a refresher than a crash course. But then I realized, for me this movie is a 10/10, so why should I take off points just because other people probably won't like it as well...if you've played the game, or are at least passingly familiar with it, you should see this movie. But you don't need me to tell you that. If you're not familiar with it, go out and buy it, sit there for twenty hours and beat it, and then see the movie...although even without any background, it's still stunningly beautiful. You just won't get any of the inside references...which make up 50% of the movie (that is, everything that ISN'T a fight sequence).

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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 'Advent Children Complete', there is a scene where Sephiroth impales Cloud on his katana; a reference to the famous scene in the game.


Quotes

Elena: Tseng! Look at this.
Tseng: Pay dirt.


Goofs

In the original version, when Sephiroth beats down Cloud, Cloud is resting against a wall. Just before Sephiroth stabs him, notice Cloud's ear and turtle neck. His turtle neck goes through his ear.


Crazy Credits

During the last half of the end credits, as the credits roll there's a video of a CGI cloud zooming along real roadways on his motorcycle. At the very end, there's a shot of his delivery service office desk, with a new photo on it.


Alternate Versions

'Advent Children Complete' contains 26 minutes of additional footage. This includes:

  • An opening scene with Kadaj talking to Rufus and asking why humanity even bothers to continue on.
  • Marlene's opening monologue features new effects for the Lifestream, Meteor, and the background fire for Sephiroth.
  • Numerous new shots have been added to the introduction to Edge City, including a scene showing a man dying from Geostigma in an alley while some children watch.
  • A new radio voice-over during Tifa's opening scene.
  • When Cloud first meets with Rufus, a scene is shown from Elena's point of view, which explains what happened when Reno's helicopter landed in North Cave and where Kadaj and his brothers originally came from.
  • A small scene between Reno and Rude, where Reno wonders if they'll ever be forgiven for the things they did for Shinra in the past, and if they'll be able to find Tseng and Elena.
  • A flashback showing how Denzel first met Cloud.
  • As the girl with the moogle is carrying her brother through the streets, some people try to help her, but when they see that her brother is in the advanced stages of Geostigma, they back away. She drops her moogle and Denzel picks it up and holds it out to her. She angrily takes it back and continues on.
  • Extended flashback sequence of Zack, including his death, where he tells Cloud, "You'll be my living legacy," and gives him the Buster Sword.
  • Dirt, blood, and bruises are added to Tifa's fight with Loz.
  • The young girl later apologizes for getting angry with Denzel, and tells him that her brother is dead. She then notices that he is infected with Geostigma, and tells him that someone has found a way to cure it, taking him to where the children are being loaded into the back of Yazoo's truck.
  • Another flashback, where Cloud puts Denzel on his bike and leaves the church.
  • A scene of Denzel and the girl talking in the back of the truck.
  • When Kadaj loads his new materia in the Forgotten City, he tries it out by destroying a tree, scaring Marlene and shocking Loz.
  • A scene of Cloud and Marlene arriving back in Edge City, where she asks him why he left and whether or not there is a cure for Geostigma.
  • Dirt, blood, and bruises are added to Reno and Rude's fight with Kadaj, Yazoo and Loz.
  • A scene where Denzel defeats one of the monsters by breaking a fire hydrant which shoots out a stream of water.
  • During the fight between Tifa and the monsters, Cloud rushes in to save her and Denzel at the last minute.
  • During the chase out of Edge, Reno and Rude's helicopter crashes and they are picked up by Elena and Tseng.
  • The fight between Cloud and Sephorith is longer, and includes a scene where Sephiroth stabs Cloud in the stomach and holds him in the air on his blade, mirroring the famous scene in the game. A lot of blood has also been added.
  • During the battle with Sepiroth, Cloud has a vision of Zack.
  • After the battle, all the children of Edge afflicted with Geostigma receive a phone-call telling them to go to the Sector 5 church.
  • After the credits roll, Cloud takes Denzel to the cliff where Zack was killed. Flowers are growing on the spot Zack died, and Denzel asks if it is a grave. Cloud says no, that it is where a hero began his journey. We then cut to the altar of the church, where the Buster Sword has been restored and placed in Aeris' flowerbed.


Soundtracks

Tifa's Theme
(uncredited)
Composed by
Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged by Shiroh Hamaguchi
Performed by Seiji Honda

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Genres

Animation | Action | Adventure | Drama | Family | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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