REDLINE

REDLINE

Oh wow. When was the last time I actually sat down and genuinely enjoyed an anime production for 100 minutes without getting bored? I don’t quite remember, but REDLINE sure made me know it all over again.

REDLINE is what you get when you take the energy and style from Gurren Lagann, cross it with the racing genre, add in intergalatical scale racing committees that don’t give a fuck about a nation’s sovereignty, hyperdimensional motherships and other crazy sci-fi tropes, spice it with just the right amount of camp and put in hundreds of thousands of man hours doing real animation. Yeap, that’s REDLINE for me.

Sure, strip all that off and underneath is quite a thin plot, but fuck that shit. Everything else made up for it. Plus, if you asked me, I’d say keeping the story simple and straightforward was the right way to go for a production like this. After all that tender loving care actually put in to making the show, you really do not want it to be hated because it had some really random weird twist and/or crazy psycho-social commentary hijacking the pleasure of watching the movie. Also I liked how they didn’t try to focus too much on the romance part and kept the show purely about the race and the racers. Though, I must say, that kiss at the end of the movie was really sweet :D.

REDLINE

Now that’s a happy ending!

Favourite parts of the movie, kiss aside, has to be the fucking steel balls the REDLINE organizing committee in deciding their venue. It’s like if Bernie Ecclestone decided to hijack the Korean DMZ to hold the grand finale race of F1, giving the middle finger to Kim Jong-Il all the way. I’d watch that shit if it wasn’t so politically and socially incorrect. Then of course, is the climax of the movie at the finish line, which was hillarious since he won by a hair (literally!). The beginning race also really grabbed your attention right in to the movie too. Of course, the crazy kajiuu battle with orbital cannons being shot along with the subplot of sabotaging the “host” nation’s weapons systems so they could race also made for an awesome distraction too. That was some serious win there, ahahaha.

Oh and I really have to hand it to the masterfully orchestrated (well, mixed should be more accurate here) soundtrack that really fits the movie. I’m not a huge fan of techno, but when it’s being used properly, it sure does get the adrenaline pumping at the edge of your seats. I even went UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ along with it quite a few times.

Okay, enough of my rambling aside. If you haven’t watched it, don’t mind plot being thin and have about 100 minutes free, this is definitely a movie to enjoy. Heck, I’d watch it again gladly anytime. A++ would watch again.

9 Comments

  1. pizza Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    ITS MOTHER FFFFING TRAVIS TOUCHDOWN lol now i have too see this

  2. deBurg Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    LOL, it’s WACKY RACES DONE RIGHT!!!

    MACHINEE HEAADDDD!!!!

  3. T.K. Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 2:35 am

    Watched this during the badminton finals last week. Though I was keen on supporting the country, the movie wa-UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ

  4. Necromas Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 2:41 am

    FUCK YES Redline was awesome.

    There’s gotta be a drinking game you can play with this movie.

  5. Game8910 Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    I enjoyed the animation, I knew exactly what I was going to get in terms of story and action and overall I did enjoy watching the movie. However for all the fuss people made over this I honestly dont really see what makes this movie so “glorious”. Apart from the fact that it took madhouse 7 years to animate this movie, it really doesn’t feel like it was as good as it could’ve been seeing how long it took to produce.

    While the whole army vs racers angle was great to watch, the whole biological weapon issue kinda felt out of place and came from nowhere imo. It really could’ve gone without that and felt kinda tacked on. Well in the end I wont say I wasted my time watching the movie because it was entertaining at the very least.

    Redline is like watching Fast and the Furious but directed by Michael Bay, you are not gonna get any good dialogue, story, or characters…just shut up and enjoy the explosions!

  6. IKnight Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    @Necromas

    There is.
    1. Take a sip whenever you hear an UNTZ.
    2. Whenever something is ridiculously elongated to convey its speed, down whatever you’re drinking in one.

  7. Metalnsnakezero Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    That sure was incredible.

  8. JasonP Said,

    August 25, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    Man, REDLINE is totally wicked. Its like the eighties never stopped and were instead infused with cutting edge graphic style offered up by MADHOUSE, Gainax, and Dr. Movie. What a team. What an experience. It totally rocked my 92″ DLP theater, and its the first time since Disappearance that I felt the movie experience at home.

    Now I need to share this with my friends!

    JP & SONOSHEE FTW! LOVE!

  9. akagami Said,

    August 28, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Thanks for the thumbs up! I didn’t even know about this until I saw your this post… have to say it was fairly enjoyable *goes off to listen to the OST*

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