Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

By bluemist on September 14th, 2005

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

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Blah. Find good and hi-res screenshots elsewhere. This CG movie is so fast I always never capture the good parts. Then again, don’t just find the screenshots, watch the movie itself. To see is to believe, this is one of the coolest-looking computer-animated movies ever.

Wait, where’s the story?

Advent Children takes place two years after the events of the Final Fantasy VII game for the Playstation. Actually, I forgot the details of that game already, it was released way back 1997. That time FF7 was actually the main reason why I wanted a Playstation. It was one of the best games of all time, and arguably the most popular of the Final Fantasy series of RPG games (which seems to be already 12 of them by now). Oof, I don’t even need to reintroduce that since most probably everyone knows about the game already, including you. So okay, back to Advent Children.

Two years after FF7, it seems that the world still is a desolate place. Among the problems is a new incurable disease called Geostigma. Our heroes take a bit of breather, but now is active again because of some new threats. A group of enemies want to find Mother (Jenova), and it is up to Cloud to stop them before another bad thing like Sephiroth happens.

Well, look at the paragraph. That basically sums up the plot. It almost seems like an entire filler episode that merely closes some plot holes in the original game story. I tend to think that Advent Children is a movie to serve hungry fans, and I know they will succeed wildly, very wildly.

The main point here is the visuals. This may be a notch lower in quality as compared to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but it compensates with style. Coolness is the name of the game. Many characters here were even computerized to look like jpop or jrock artists! And looking at them moving with impossible moves during the action sequences, this bends reality even more than any other Final Fantasy. They jump dozens of stories up, fight during high-speed motorcycle chases, battle a crazily big Bahamut, and even do stuff better than the Matrix guys would ever imagine. If anime were a CG movie, this is it. Everything is stunningly cool and beautiful.

Fans of Final Fantasy music will be given lots of love, because most of the background music are rehashes and remixes of existing Final Fantasy music. It’s like you’re playing the game all over again. Even an easter egg too, as one of the characters has a FF victory theme ringtone in his cellphone! I personally like the Advent version of Sephiroth’s theme, remixed to a slight rock style, and it blends very well with the amazing action scene.

But as I said, the story seems shallow. Other than ironing out some FF7 plot wrinkles, this does nothing else except introduce a new enemy, which gets defeated at the end of the movie anyway. It’s like your typical filler Naruto arc, it ends oh so quickly. I can even imagine a new FF7 plot starting X years later featuring the same characters and a new enemy, etc. As I said, this is service for the fans. Look at Square Enix now, promoting this movie along with their new FF7 sidestory games. Back in my game playing days I won’t believe that a Final Fantasy would have some sequels and sidestories. I guess the games industry had it bad lately, relying on sequels and stuff like that to make pretty profits. This is the same with this movie, milking the classic FF7.

Well then again, nothing too wrong about that. When the fans get what they want, they should be happy. I think many will be happy with this movie. Since there aren’t too many CG movies yet, this ranks among the very best of them. Despite the lack of plot, I enjoyed this movie very much. In movies like this, criticizing the story is a minor nitpick. It’s best to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the high energy CG action.

Enjoy Tifa, Yuffie and Aeris eye candy too. They’re now millions of polygons sexier than their blocky PS1 version counterparts. Isn’t that consolation enough?

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Posted By: newt On: September 21, 2005 At: 8:36 am

Didn’t you love Loz’s ringtone? When I heard that I did a complete double take. Rude and Reno were brilliant too. This was one of those movies where I wasn’t too bothered about the lack of story – I was too busy being wow-ed by the CG. Good harmless fun to watch.

Posted By: gaara On: September 23, 2005 At: 5:47 am

yeah i seen it too n it was OK but the action was outstanding awesome. also it seem too short n i want it to be longer well anyway i really like it.

Posted By: Maestro4k On: September 24, 2005 At: 7:10 am

I never played the game but enjoyed the movie quite a bit. The story wasn’t completely comprehensible to me (I suspect knowing the game plot would help a lot there) but the action sequences were way too much fun to watch for me to care that much. 🙂

One thing I kept thinking over and over was “the team that did this like The Matrix movies — a LOT”. It’s pretty amusing, the Wachowski brothers have said anime was one of their influences in doing The Matrix and they wanted to try to make a movie that felt like an anime title come to life. Now Advent Children pays homage to The Matrix and ups the ante considerably (I don’t think anyone will EVER find a way to make real humans appear to be doing the vast majority of those fights). 🙂

Posted By: Jennifer On: September 30, 2005 At: 11:55 am

Advent Children is a very symbolic movie. It’s filled with symbolism, imagery, and themes and in order to enjoy the movie to its entirety, one must be able to recognize these elements. The basic plotline of the movie itself is weak (as you say, “shallow”) but if one is intelligent enough to recognize those elements, they will find that the story is thought provoking and meaningful. At the end of the game, there were still unresolved issues. Square Enix was brilliant enough to make a sequal to the game so that these issues would get resolved. I seriously disagree with you that they simply made the movie to make profit. I haven’t played the game and I thought it was a brilliant movie. I guess this movie is only for the intelligent.

Posted By: kris On: October 27, 2005 At: 9:36 pm

i love that ringtone but i cant find how to put it on my phone. i mean i have but my phone cant download ringtones
any one know where i could get the notes?

Posted By: bayson On: November 04, 2005 At: 1:34 pm

i love this har har har

Posted By: Sai On: December 17, 2005 At: 6:36 pm

As I searched all over for the FFAC ringtone I got irritated. Soo I made one for myself, u can get it here: Enjoy! ^ ^
http://cosplay.se/Sai/FFAC-tone.mid

Posted By: Shanai On: January 05, 2006 At: 6:46 am

Final Fantasy: Advent Children was a great movie, awesome animation! Kadaj was definatly the hottest character in that movie

Posted By: Danson On: February 03, 2006 At: 12:34 pm

Hey, I love that ringtone too, and to whoever made one: I think you should make one JUST like his with only the victory tone, no backround noise.

Posted By: chrispcraven On: March 14, 2006 At: 1:10 am

that was the best movie ever i want that ringtone loz had how can i get it.

Posted By: marco josue On: April 01, 2006 At: 8:39 am

the best movie ever !!! and i really want that ringtone, does anyone know where i can find it ? please let me know

Posted By: Xeno On: April 17, 2006 At: 6:06 am

anyone still looking for the ringtone?

Posted By: anthony On: April 19, 2006 At: 9:27 am

dude i want that ringtone so bad im trying to get it right now

Posted By: Xeno On: April 21, 2006 At: 8:47 am

My new MP3 Fanfare ringtone has increase volume w/ a 1 sec silence

MP3 – http://download.yousendit.com/9DDA7301256BFF5A

Midi – http://download.yousendit.com/D9BABD737E05F1F2

and for those that can’t connect their cell to the computer can use this site to upload the ringtone http://www.funformobile.com/pages/ringtone/uploadRingtone.php

Posted By: pete On: May 10, 2006 At: 6:10 am

the links expired!!!

Posted By: Vantar On: May 24, 2006 At: 4:19 am

yes the links are expired plz post the ringtone again T.T!!!!

namaarië

Posted By: Anna On: August 08, 2006 At: 6:28 pm

Does anyone know where I can download it?!? I really wan’t it!! =) I have a phone which looks EXACTLY like Loz’s!! =D =D =D I just need the ringtone! XD

Posted By: Shinji On: August 15, 2006 At: 6:36 pm

actually refering to the phone used in Advent Children has been released by Panasonic, the p900iv, been out in Japan for a few months after Advent Children was released, not sure if and when it will be released else where, i’ll try to keep you posted

Posted By: Flare On: August 18, 2006 At: 8:17 pm

I want Loz ringtone as if in the midi ones! Please!! … ='(

Posted By: Arthur On: September 22, 2006 At: 11:21 pm

Hi, everybody!

I heard that the long-awaited PAL version of Final Fantasy XII will be heading to Europe, Australia and other PAL-based parts of the world come early 2007. The latest installment in the best-selling series of epic RPG titles has been out in Japan since March, and will hit North America at the end of October.

Once again, PAL gamers have been left in the cold it would seem, whilst NTSC areas are looked after first… still, at least we know when it’s going to be out now. More over, it does look rather good, the developer describing it as the ‘crowning glory’ of the PS2 format which it will be exclusively available on. The new RPG will be set in the world of Ivalice, and will see Ashe and Vaan brought together to fight after their homeland is invaded.

We’re told to expect real-time combat, unlike past Final Fantasy outings, with Square Enix introducing ‘active dimension battle’, which will see you lining-up commands to be executed in battle, once a time gauge has filled. Or something. More on this as we get it.

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Posted By: mr skin On: October 23, 2006 At: 4:05 pm

What game is more fun, Final Fantasy or Warcraft? I’ve seen WOW, but never tried FF.

Posted By: Aiyoku On: November 13, 2006 At: 2:06 pm

Does anyone have Loz’s ringtone? : ( I’m going crazy looking for it XD

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i played this 🙂

Posted By: Muse On: June 12, 2007 At: 4:30 pm

i’ve never watched final fantasy. not even a little. but i hope i can watch it one day…. can somebody tell me what’s the story about?

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