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» Company
Manga Entertainment
» Running Time
106 Mins
» Genre
Action, Sci-Fi
» Type
Movie
» Final Score
8.0
» User Rating
No user votes yet.

Redline

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis:
Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car – all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee – but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

Review:
In a world where wheels on cars are a thing of the past and hover cars are the present, there are still those people who cannot let go of the past. And in Redline you will see why there is still an undying support for these vehicles. The movie begins with a race called the Yellowline. It is a pre-qualifier race for the main event known as the Redline. Our protagonist, JP is a racer who believes winning with pure skills and not by how many weapons he can use to destroy the chances of the opposition is the true definition of how a race should be. With that state of mind, it is the reason why he has no “weapons” in his car, other than his crazy nitrous boost. When JP was about to cross the victory line, an “accident” happens and he loses the race.

While it was disappointing to the viewers and the crowd in the show, it certainly was not disappointing for the mob boss who has arranged for this set up. You see, JP and his life-long friend Frisbee are known for fixing up races just to boost the bottom line for the mob. The return for fixing races is having the financial back up to build the car to race with in the first place. JP had no idea that Frisbee had implanted an explosive device in the racecar and did not suspect anything from his friend Frisebee.

Lady Luck comes to JP’s side, as he is recovering at the hospital from the injuries suffered at the Yellowline, with news that several participants had withdrew from the Redline race after learning that the event will take place at the dangerous Roboworld; a planet where the government’s race opposition is strong and lethal force was said to be enforced at the day of the race. When JP was selected as a replacement he jumped on the chance.

The plot of Redline is focused. While there is a love interest with JP and Sonoshee, it really never takes over the screen. The story moves from race, to getting ready for the race, to some character development and tie ups, to the final race. It moves from point A to point B smoothly and I must credit Takeshi Koike for his directing, his directorial debut at that!

It is even more astonishing to learn that Redline took seven years to complete and used a hundred thousand hand drawings to create. Madhouse did an extraordinary job in bringing the animation to life. The racing was captivating and the music was gripping. When I heard the speakers thump I felt I was in the race. The character designs and their vehicle designs were unique. And for some reason it felt a little like that old Playstation game, Twisted Metal or if you do not like Twisted Metal, we could go with a Nintendo game like Mario Kart. You know… where the goal is to interfere or destroy your opponents with all sorts of tools, as much as it is to win the race itself.

The Breakdown:
Look if you are here expecting a serious racing anime with full characters and plot developments you might want to check out something like Capeta or Initial D. If you just want to see a show that is about pure racing and mayhem, Redline is truly a delight. Its combination of fast paced racing with interesting characters and a simple yet engaging story makes this show an absolute must watch.

 

» The Pros
The animation was superb, and the car designs were well thought out. Redline is one of those titles where you would want to watch it with a bunch of friends who want to have a good time and not have a debate over why this or that happened with an overly complicated story.

» The Cons
To be objective, I can see how some folks might want a more developed plot, a less techno feel soundtrack or heck even a better ending. Viewers might want the developed plot because they liked the characters and want more of the show. Not everyone is a fan of techno and that is where the soundtrack might be a turn off for some viewers and last but not least, the ending. I have to say, I did not like that it ended the way it did, (I do not want to spoil it) but I accepted it. Let's just say... I would prefer the vehicles crossing the finish line.

» Animation
9
Hand drawn animation in a day in age where digital is the way most anime would go. The animation effects created by Madhouse was amazing and makes you feel like you are part of the action.

» Sound
7
I am not a techno fan, but I enjoy good music when I hear it. Maybe it was due to my home theatre system bringing out the life of the music or maybe Redline's techno beats were really not bad. At the end of the day it was a nice combination of face racing with quick beats.

» Story
7
There is not a big story behind Redline. As I have stated earlier, it is an anime where the focus is racing and entertaining the viewers with the animation while they are at it. Some viewers might be turned off by the lack of a in-depth plot, but sometimes it is just difficult to get the best of both worlds.

» Recommend
8.5
I enjoyed Redline very much, and I feel that if you are looking for a quick racing type anime, you will enjoy this title as well.

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese Dialogue in Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio and Dolby Surround 2.0 with English Subtitles.

Extras:
Quick Guide to Redline and Redline 2006 Trailer.

Package:
DVD slip cover case to protect your DVD and the cover design is a bit misleading. JP looks like a typical Japanese yankee thug portrayed in anime with the way his hair is stretched out by the nitrous boost.

 

 

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