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Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

3.7 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Fans of the ground-breaking Mass Effect franchise shouldn't miss this stunning motion picture experience born of an epic collaboration between the legendary Bioware and visionary Production I.G (Innocence, Kill Bill: Vol.1 (Animation Part), BLOOD-C The Last Dark (2/6/2012 Theatrical Release).

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega. Vega leads an elite Special Forces squad into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion determined to capture the population for unknown purposes. Learn more about the Mass Effect universe with an unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect's newest hero!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Monica Rial, Vic Mignogna
  • Directors: Justin Cook
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HUSFCU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,776 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are going to be one line reviews on either end of the fence for this animated movie, none of which are particularly constructive, so I'll post some of my thoughts after having spent $20 on the Blu-Ray/DVD combo and watching the movie twice.

Bottom line, the movie is enjoyable. I don't regret the money I spent, and what it sets out to do, it does well: give James Vega (a character that didn't get enough screentime in Mass Effect 3) compelling development and a fleshed out backstory. Hints of James Vega's past excursions and adventures on Fehl Prime were mentioned in Mass Effect 3 but largely glossed over because hey, Reapers. There were hints at a larger story but there was never a payoff, and that's where Paragon Lost comes in. The subtitle foreshadows the movie's inevitable conclusion very well, and I won't spoil it here, but I honestly really liked the final moments of the movie highlighting Vega's inner conflict and turmoil. For a character that was relegated as 'Jersey Shore trash' by much of the fandom when he made his debut in Mass Effect 3, it goes a long way towards redeeming his character, narrative-wise.

The other characters are mainly a vehicle for Vega's development and are really just kind of one-dimensional. If this had been a series I could see them getting really good development a la Full Metal Panic (one character even acts like Kurtz, which I found immensely amusing), but as a movie they're little more than generic NPCs to drive the plot. Some important characters from the games make short cameos, and while it's nice to see them, it'd have been nicer if they had gotten the original actors to reprise their roles - the substitutes do an admirable job but Patrick Seitz can never replace Keith David as Anderson.
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I have only seen the movie itself at a premier event at Anime Weekend Atlanta. It was very enjoyable and seemed to keep both the humor and the seriousness of the games intact. I have only seen the English audio version, which was actually not painful to watch for a change. Voice acting was the quality I would like to see in more animation titles.

If you're a huge ME fan and have played at least 1 and 2, then this is a perfect transition into 3. I personally wouldn't mind seeing a series made from this (start after the movie, not remake it).

As I haven't had seen any of the special features, I can't comment on those.
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If your going to do something, do it well. This does not.

The animation is poor (except when showing boobs and butt of the Asari). The voice acting is poor, with the exception of the one or two characters who made an appearance in the game. The story and dialogue is poorest.

All of this is made even worse by virtue of the fact that the concept was good: Give back story to one of the upcoming characters in the video game trilogy, emphasizing choice and consequence, which is a key part of the game.

To add to the pile, this release was hyped A LOT on gaming websites. A lot of the fans hoped that this could open the door to a Mass Effect series. They even included an in-game item in the box (which is not worth it).

Anyway, take it from this Mass Effect fan: Not worth the money, no matter how hardcore of a Mass Effect fan you are.
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Normally I would say it's unfair to compare two unlike things, but the fact is that, if you're on this product page reading this review, it's because you are a fan of the Mass Effect games. With that in mind, I think it's completely appropriate to compare the narrative and presentation of this Anime-style film to the experience of playing the games. Of course, it's primarily an action-based Anime targeted towards males, so I'd say, if you are someone who plays Mass Effect as the default Male Shepard, chooses the Soldier class, and turns off the dialogue choices, "Paragon Lost" might not be a bad investment of 1:30 of your time. It's a perfectly serviceable time-killer and, if compared to the quality of other tie-in products, is competently-made.

If you're anyone else, though, please read on.

"Paragon Lost" expounds upon the character and backstory of James Vega, who joins your squad in Mass Effect 3, and one specific, life-defining mission that he references in that game - the one where he "got everyone killed and got promoted for it." Vega starts off the film by saving an Alliance colony from the Blood Pack, the mercenary group mentioned in the games that consists of fearsome Krogan and Vorcha. This first act is to establish his connection to Shepard, who inspires him to become the defacto leader of his squad when the circumstance calls for it. You also get a sense of the powers and skills of his all-human squad: an engineer, a biotic, a sniper, and two Soldier/Vanguard types. Vega himself is a Soldier type with no biotic powers, though it's established that he has the coolest head, the most leadership skills, and is the most physically strong member of his squad.
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