Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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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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.Read more ›
Now at this point I'd typically say that fans of the game may wish to add a star or two, but based on perusing the other reviews, I have my doubts. The harshest reviews appear to come from disappointed gamers, complaining about mistakes.
Too bad. This could have been an exciting introduction to the world of Mass Effect for newbies and a gift for fans. Instead it is a depressing, downbeat bore that will send newbies away and infuriate fans with its mistakes and cheap look compared to the game.
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
But if you've spoken to James in Mass Effect 3, you already know how it ends, because he tells you all about it.
1) Freddie Prince, Jr. returns as the voice of James, which was actually a pleasant surprise. It's always cool to hear a voice actor you became familiar with in your favorite game series appear in an adaptation. Through the whole thing, I was able to believe, "Yup, that's James" whenever he spoke.
2) Vague, though interesting references to Commander Shepard, a character we never see (for obvious reasons), but James admires immensely. However, these references work much better if the Shepard you played was a Paragon, as James is, well, a Paragon himself, hence the reason for the movie's title. There's a joke one of the ancillary, pointless characters says in regards to Vega's Shepard-worship: "Sucks for you that Shepard's dead. You two would have made a really cute couple." This made me crack a smile, because it's a joke that works for BOTH genders of Shepard.
However, other references of Shepard suggest that Shepard is a princess-saver trope, and that irked me quite a bit. And no, it was not meant to be funny or ironic. They actually said that "Saving the girl and saving the galaxy" was a page from the "Shepard Handbook.Read more ›
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While not necessarily a must have for the Mass Effect fans out there, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is an enjoyable insight on the character James Vega, and the animated take on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JIRWINKO
It was awesome. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who's a fan of the series or just looking for a good action movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tifyr7
I didn't watch 5 minutes of it. The animation style is poor, even slow frame rate, bad cartoon style drawings (I mean really bad) and the first 5 minutes of dialog enough to tell... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you're an N7 Mass Effect fan like I am you'll like to see Vargas's back story. He mentions it to Shepard in Mass Effect 3.Published 5 months ago by Guardian8088