Friday, September 7, 2001

SiN the Movie

Genre: Supernatural / Action
Parental Guidance Recommended
1999 ADV Films, Phoenix Entertainment Production,
1998 Video game SIN, Ritual Entertainment Inc.

SiN the Movie DVD
Cover Description:
In the last century, the city of Freeport teeters on the verge of collapse, the twin tides of rampant crime and ruinous graft face but a single barrier: an elite strike force known as Hardcorps. Led by Colonel John Blade, they have become a fierce fighting force for justice in the beleaguered city.

But now, Blade must face the greatest challenge of his life. He must unravel a series of unexplained kidnappings. An elaborate puzzle unfolds as he delves into the depths of the city and the shadow of Elexis SiNclair. A brilliant biochemist, unscrupulous businesswoman, and merciless vixen, Elexis will stop at nothing to achieve her monstrous goal: to bring about the evolution of mankind.

Good but not good enough. >>> by skysenshi
When Firesenshi had tapped me to do a commentary on SiN the Movie, I had almost forgotten what this anime was all about. My copy is still with Rowena of Animetric (we had traded anime DVDs and tapes) but it's a good thing my bro-in-law lent me his copy to refresh my memory. I guess that first sentence pretty much says all about my reaction to SiN. It was a bit forgettable, although I must admit that the art is certainly not the simplest I've seen.

What struck me most is that they combined 3D CG and anime ala Xenogears. The technology the creators used is not as advanced as what was applied in Blue Submarine No. 6., but that's another story altogether. I can say that SiN had a pretty good impact on me, considering I saw it first before Blue Submarine No. 6 was even aired on AXN channel.

The story, on the other hand, isn't something quite new. Many people who have played Biohazard (my fiancé included) have commented that the stories have uncanny similarity. I, on the other hand, couldn't care less because I don't really play those creepy kind of games (except Parasite Eve) on the playstation lest I get a really bad nightmare. Games can really be involving and have the ability of making you feel like you are the central character. So that's a big no-no for my already insomniac body. I guess you can say I prefer seeing something similar onscreen. Here I can watch a nutty but beautiful scientist go about with her wild ideas of creating mutant armies of monsterlings -- without fear of feeling like I'm being chased by one of those ugly critters. I actually feel for the protagonist John Blade -- boy, does his name sound like the original Ghost Rider's (Marvel) -- having a body that can be a curse and a blessing at the same time. That's one of the human touches this anime has. There are more, but enumerating them would bring about spoilers.

...Whoops! I've gone beyond Firesenshi's word limit again, but that's all I have to say. Just look at my ratings because those speak harder than any word taken from an English dictionary.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 7; Characters 7; Sounds 6

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