Hi all! Today I'm getting off of my lazy butt and getting around to reviewing the movie Redline. Redline is a movie about an intergalactic racing competition in the distant future. Think podracing on LSD. The story focuses on "Sweet" JP, a human who looks like he came from the fifties with a dark past. All you need to know about the plot before going in is that there are cars that go fast. This is not the type of movie you watch if you want a deep plot or something thought provoking. Now that the intro's out of the way, onto the good stuff.
Plot Summary:Every 5 years the race called "Redline" is held at a surprise location revealed shortly before the race begins. This time around it's being held on Roboworld, much to the dismay of Roboworld's militant government which has no intention of allowing the race to proceed. The race has no rules—whoever crosses the Redline first, wins. Sweet JP is a rare breed of racer who prefers retro style and raw power over high tech gadgets and weaponry. Troubled by their involvement with the mob, Sweet JP and his team just want a clean shot at winning the race. Sonoshee McLaren is a skilled and highly competitive rising star in the racing circuit. She beat JP in the last qualifier and caught his eye. Up against lethal hostility from Roboworld's government and their fellow racers, JP and Sonoshee are pushed to their limits in the race for the Redline.
(Plot summary taken from animenewsnetwork.com)
What I Loved:
Redline was produced by studio madhouse, so it's a given that the animation is spectacular. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that is as well animated as this. Every scene is meticulously detailed and there is always something going on in the background. The opening race had me grinning from ear to ear for ten minutes straight. The animation and art are the main attraction of this movie, and are the best reasons to watch it.
The soundtrack is also worth mentioning, because it fits the movie perfectly. Every track seems perfectly in place and many of them are awesome on their own. All of the character themes perfectly accompany their corresponding characters and the songs that play during the races get your adrenaline pumping and make the spectacularly animated races even more awesome. Speaking of awesome that's probably the best word to describe Redline. It is pretty much all style and no substance, but I couldn't bring myself to not like this movie. The plot is so simple a child could understand it and the characters are mostly one dimensional and ridiculously over the top. They're there to add competitors and conflict and to provide a few laughs, and honestly, it's more of a good thing than a bad thing. This movie is what action movies should be. It doesn't make a lame attempt at providing a deep back story and it doesn't take itself seriously. This movie is pure, unbridled, awesome fun and it doesn't give a shit about being anything but that.
What I Didn't Like:
Okay, there wasn't anything I really didn't like about the movie. Sure, the plot was very simple and pretty silly, but this is not the type of movie you watch for plot. The ending was cheesy and obvious, the characters were one-dimensional, and there is nothing thought provoking about Redline. The only thing that bugged me a little bit was the RoboWorld military, but they were only there to add another racer into the mix and give the race a little spice.
Also, this movie is not for kids. There is brief nudity, swearing, and whatever else you would expect from a rated R movie, so keep that in mind.
Redline is mindless fun. Go watch it, I guarantee you will have a good time. Once again, this is not the type of movie you watch for the plot or characters, so just turn your brain off and enjoy the spectacular visuals and kickass soundtrack that the movie blasts at you. This movie will appeal to almost everyone, unless they are the type to criticize and over-analyze everything. Haters probably won't like it either. Again, the animation and art are fantastic, so even if you hate this kind of movie, it's still worth watching just for that.
I give Redline a score of 85/100 for the movie itself, and 100/100 for how much I enjoyed it. I highly recommend watching this.
As always, any feedback is appreciated, and have a great day!
I have a large stack of blurays that I have watched, and I'll get around to reviewing them eventually. Colorful, Wolf Children, and Tokyo Godfathers are all on deck for reviews, and once I finish polishing my review of Shin Sekai Yori I'll post that too.
How were the gifs in the review? Were they too distracting? This is really a movie that should be seen in motion, so I included gifs instead of still images. Let me know if they were a good addition and if I should use them in future reviews.