Dead Space: Downfall
serves as a prelude to the popular Electronic Arts video game. In the distant future, the crew of the ship Ishimura
discovers a mysterious artifact on a barren planet "several million light years" from Earth. Members of the Unitologist Church believe it's a holy object that will help humans overcome death. Hidden within it are monsters who take over the crew's bodies, mutate into grotesque beasts, and attack everything in sight. Although tough-as-press-on-nails security chief Alissa Vincent leads a bloody battle against the aliens, the entire crew is transmogrified and/or devoured: The stage is set for Isaac Clarke to board the remains of the Ishihara and kick some alien butt. As a film Dead Space: Downfall
makes little sense. What did the aliens live on before the humans arrived? Why is their body chemistery perfectly attuned to homo sapiens
? Why do church members regard the artifact as holy when no one's seen it before? Fans of the game may be willing to overlook the incoherent story, stolid direction, and uninspired animation that apes anime. Uninitiated viewers should look elsewhere for entertainment. (Unrated: Suitable for age 16 and older: extensive profanity, gore, grotesque imagery, nudity, graphic violence, including violence against women) --Charles Solomon
Stills from Dead Space: Downfall (click for larger image)
Beyond Dead Space: Downfall
Dead Space is a feature length horror sci-fi animated movie based on the much anticipated Electronic Arts video game title streeting Halloween 2008. When a deep space mining operation discovers a mysterious alien Marker they believe they have finally found evidence of our creators. However, the removal of the Marker unleashes a horrific alien species, which had been entombed within a remote planet, and a desperate fight for survival ensues. The story follows a select group of miners and crewmembers, as they are confronted with an evil like none ever encountered by man. The Dead Space animated feature serves as a prequel to the game and takes adult animated horror to a whole new level.