Dead Space: Aftermath
(2011) is an animated feature based on the Electronic Arts video game Dead Space
. In 2509, the USG O'Bannon
travels to the planet Aegis VII on a top-secret mission to find fragments of a mysterious alien structure. Only four crew members survive their trip to the volcanic surface, which looks suspiciously like the primal Earth in the "Rite of Spring" sequence in Fantasia
. Scientist Nolan Stross, who seems to know the most about it, babbles that the artifact holds the key to the future of human evolution. It induces hallucinations in living humans and somehow turns cadavers into mutated zombies, as the surviving quartet reveal after being subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" (i.e. torture) by nasty government agents. Visually, the film seesaws between three-dimensional present actions and two-dimensional flashbacks. Neither style is used particularly skillfully, and the characters' appearances shift from scene to scene. Fans of Dead Space
may enjoy the expanded vision of its world; viewers not familiar with the game will dismiss Aftermath
as a mishmash of violent killings, gratuitous profanity, cheesy animation, and hokey dialogue. (Unrated; suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, profanity, nudity, torture, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
The year is 2509 and not only has Earth lost contact with the Ishimura and Isaac Clarke, but now also the USG O'Bannon, the first responder ship sent to rescue them. Four crew members of the O'Bannon have survived. But what happened to the rest of the crew? What were they doing? What secrets are they keeping? All to be revealed...in the Aftermath! Dead Space: Aftermath is a fast paced, horrifying thrill ride told through the perspective of the four survivors by several renowned international directors.