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Dead Space: Aftermath - 3 out of 5
In an effort to bridge the stories between the first and second video game, the animated film Dead Space: Aftermath was produced in the same way to provide a prologue to the first game, Dead Space: Downfall was made.
Just like the first animated film, Dead Space: Aftermath contains both 2D and 3D animation and, also like the first one, this one has some terrible 3D work. In the previous film, 3D animation was limited to only spaceships and planets, so the bad animation was forgivable but this one uses 3D animation on the characters as if to constantly poke the viewer in the eye with its ugliness and the end results makes the classic cartoon show Reboot look like a piece of exquisite art. Seriously, the 3D animation here is ugly and insulting because of the technology we have. There is no reason whatsoever that 3D animation, in this day and age, should look like something produced in the early 90's.
The 3D animated sequences are used as the "current" events taking place in the film and when the characters in the story recount their individual stories of survival, the film goes into 2D animation and that is where the movie shines! Each story has it's own individual look and despite the heavy influence of anime (if you know me, you know I hate anime) these sections of the film are intensely entertaining.
Unlike the last film, there's actually a decent story and excellent characters going on here. The first film put too much emphasis on action and gore so the rest of the film was filled with generic characters that were about as deep as a kiddie pool (maybe even shallower). In this one, however, the characters have more depth and you start to have a vested interest in them as a viewer. That being said, that doesn't mean the movie skips out on the action and blood--Oh no, it's got that in spades.
With a better story, better characters, great voice acting and some great 2D animation and style, Dead Space: Aftermath greatly improves on the problems that plagued the first one but some absolutely atrocious and downright ugly 3D animation really REALLY hurts this film and causes it to land on a 3 out of 5.