Hey guys, to kick off the month of March, I wanted to start with a REALLY AWESOME, KICKASS, ACTION, RACING, EPIC MOVIE called REDLINE. It was originally produced and released by Madhouse in 2009. The genre is science fiction and racing. The style of art is vibrant and rough. And animation is stunning. I’m not usually a big fan of Japanese animated films unless they’re made by the god of animation, Hayao Miyazaki or it’s a movie attached to one of my favourite series (and even then, I’m still reluctant to give it a chance) but Redline is definitely an exception.
Redline was introduced to me through some anime club friends. The first time I watched it was at a club screening last year and recently I had the pleasure of showing it to other friends at one of our recent screenings. The plot in Redline has all your classic race elements. Mechanic and racer team up to enter the circuit, one of them (the mechanic in this case), gets into shady underhanded dealings with big business mafiamen and the racer has to throw races in order to help his buddy pay back debt and keep his life.
Our main man of the movie is Sweet JP (WHO HAS THE COOLEST HAIR EVER) and his mechanic is Frisbee. Most of the characters are aliens, humans and other weird creatures, so this world isn’t a big issue. When the plot opens up, JP is racing down the Yellowline track. A few feet before the finish line, his car blows up and he loses the chance to qualify for Redline. Later, however, whilst JP is recovering in the hospital, two of qualified racers for Redline decided to drop out for political and personal reasons since Redline will take place on the martial ruled Roboworld this year. As a result, JP and another racer is nominated on a popularity vote to compete in Redline. The entire story is based around this opening premise.
The story was written by Katsuhito Ishii and directed by Takeshi Koike. The story and its plot while simple enough to follow isn’t super original. The five out of five clouds stickler is really the FANTASTIC art style, the animation and just the enjoyment level. Redline moves at a breakneck fast pace and when you’re not sitting on the edge of your chair cheering for JP or Sonoshee to reach the finish line, your eyes are darting everywhere on the screen just taking in all the details put into supporting characters and backdrops. Every single character is visually unique and when I say every single character, I mean every single character because every single character in the audience is some weird amalgamation alien thing from a billion different races. Some moments are random and there is almost no character development but you’re mostly watching it for the ACTION ACTION ACTION because even if you’re not a fan of this rough and tumble kind of animation, you have to give Madhouse MAJOR MAJOR PROPS for being COMPLETELY HAND DRAWN, taking almost seven years to complete.
My comfort zone is sparkly shojo, smooth and soft pastel animation, much like what you see in Kyoukai no Kanata’s art produced by Kyoto Animation HOWEVER, watching this movie was one of the best things I’ve ever been coerced into watching. The simplistic story of the plot just makes Redline all the more enjoyable what with its cinematography and music (by James Shimoji), it’s like you’ve hopped onto a kickass rollercoaster for 102 minutes.
There’s really not much else for me to say about Redline other than it’s one of the movies worth watching more than once and it’s something you’ve got to see instead of read about it. Go watch it now!! Go!!
What are you pondering today?