Dead Space Aftermath Review
Written by: Psyko113
Dead Space: Aftermath is an animated feature, set before the events of Dead Space 2. Much like the previous animated feature, Dead Space: Downfall, the film tries to set the tone and add more to the backstory of events before a game installment.
Does it succeed at this? Yes. Does it do it as well as Downfall? That's a trickier question to answer.
Things jump back and forth between crudely animated CG sequences, similar to the approach taken in Appleseed Ex Machina (though not nearly as well done), and 2D animated stories being told by different characters to flesh out what happened previous to their being rescued.
Some of these stories are well done, though there are continuity inconsistencies galore between many of them! The voice acting is also out of sync here, which is of wonder. You would think, we someone overseeing the whole production that they would make sure things like dialogue shared in stories would actually be the same dialogue, rather than recording actors saying the same or similar lines for each version of when it was said. *shakes head*
The film feels like it's a slighly watered down attempt at Downfall, but without the delivery. While they maintain a decent level of dropping the f-bomb (usually appropriate, considering the situation, but they do go overboard more often than not) or other use of such language, but they seem to have cut back on the gore this time around. As a filmmaker myself, I do understand full well that letting the audience fill in the blanks of what happens off camera can lead to more frights than showing it, but at the same time you have to considering the audience and source material; With a game where you very clearly see all the damage being done as your source material, there's no reason to NOT show some bloddy bits!
The story in the film does tie in with events leading up to the start of Dead Space 2 relatively well, sure. But there's still a time gap between them that isn't determined. Downfall ended mere moments before Dead Space starts, but we're not sure how much time exactly takes place between Aftermath and Dead Space 2, though it can't be all that long.
In the end, the film is okay. If you're a fan and want the complete experience with all the little details to the story, it's fine to add to your collection. Other than that, I wouldn't recommend anyone rush out to grab this one.