Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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In a land where battles are fought with swords and magic, a young heroine rises to glory as Templars, mages, and dragons clash. Cassandra, a brash and beautiful warrior, must stop a conspiracy that threatens the realm's most powerful religious order. Accused of treasonous crimes and hunted by friend and foe, Cassandra must clear her name and overcome her rage in order to save the day and take her place in legend.
The highly anticipated feature Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (2012) is based on the popular role-playing video game, which has already been adapted to novels, web comics, and action figures. Tough-as-press-on-nails Cassandra wields a deadly sword as a member of the Seekers, an elite group of knights charged with defending the religious organization the Chantry and its leader, the Divine. She's forced into a reluctant alliance with the mage Galyan, when they discover a conspiracy to overthrow the Divine, hatched by a coven of evil sorcerers lead by Frenic (who looks suspiciously like Darth Maul). An utterly predictable series of betrayals, confrontations, sword fights, and nick-of-time rescues concludes with Cassandra being acclaimed as the savior of the realm--and the hint of a possible sequel. Dawn of the Seeker demonstrates the very different requirements of a successful game and a feature film. A player distracted by swinging a sword or firing blasts of magic in a duel to the death probably won't be bothered by limited animation or clunky dialogue. But a viewer watching a film is stuck with the ineffective facial expressions, awkward movements, and clichéd speeches ("Hate can only breed more hate"). The filmmakers concentrate on the motion-capture sword fights and stunts, which are better animated than the dialogue segments. But the look of the characters shifts disconcertingly between two and three dimensions mid-scene. Director Fumihiko Sori relies too heavily on elaborate camera moves and rapid cutting to prop up the threadbare story. The extras include a standard making-of documentary and a rather self-congratulatory tour through BioWare, the Canadian studio that created the original game. (Rated TV MA F FV: graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Note: I rented the SD version and watched it on my tablet and it looked sharp. Not sure that this would be noticeably different in true HD.
As for the movie: This movie is a great addition to your Dragon Age collection especially if you own the current installment in Dragon Age games (of course were talking Dragon Age Inquisition). The movie revolves around Cassandra Pentaghast who is apart of an elite order that overrides and surpasses the well known Templars of the Chantry. They are known as the Seekers of Truth, a direct arm of the Divine who are called in rare instances when Templars are being bad (kind of like Internal Affairs for police). The movie is done in a sleek anime CG (computer graphics) and visually far from what you might expect after the first two Dragon Age games. But the story and terms used are quite familiar as you've already familiarized with the plot concepts between mages and Templars in the game. The action is pretty good and the story is immersive enough. In my opinion they could have done a bit more with the antagonists of the story for it to feel more daunting and sinister. The soundtrack is decent and everything is presented well altogether. If you're a fan of Dragon Age, this is like a video archive of one of the main plot characters that is a must own. Cassandra Pentaghast is a great character and is also prevalent in the latest game Dragon Age Inquisition. The game makes a little mention of her history which references the movie so it's cool to have that history. OK enough said! Check it out!
Many instances of lore bending (if not totally breaking). For example, **** SPOILER **** not only does Cassandra solo several scores of ogres and golems all at once, in every other lore reference (for example, the ogre battle in The Calling) ogres are noted as being very very rare. even during a Blight. **** SPOILER ****
The painted backgrounds are nice enough, and the off-the-shelf effects are decent, but the actual animation is quite poor. All three of these things are also completely different styles which is quite jarring at times.
As a fan of the DA world, I really can't even recommend this as part of a full-franchise run-through.