Synonyms: Red line
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 14, 2009
Duration: 1 hr. 42 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild NudityL represents licensing company
Score: 8.351 (scored by 39724 users)
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Feb 23, 2011
As a film about racing, the plot is fairly standard fare, but the larger than life presentation coupled with the sheer imagination and creativity that has gone into Redline is second to none. The story - despite cliches - is both exhilarating and incredibly well paced. The action is, as you would imagine; fast, fantastic and full of adrenaline. The drama is at times cheesy, but it fits well with the films over-the-top attitude. The crazy antics in Redline make it clear the film isn't to be taken too seriously; it isn't a production that sets out to challenge our minds, but rather an exhilarating thrill-ride that's sole purpose is to entertain. In that respect, the story delivers and then some.
The tagline for Redline during its release was 'Witness the Future of Animation' and it's safe to say the studio never doubted the creativity of the team behind the film. Madhouse handled the production, with second key animation from Gainax - the films full development totaled seven years, with over one hundred thousand hand-made drawings. The amount of action and detail on screen at any one time is so vast the film begs for repeat viewings. The animation - in a word - is mind-blowing. The film is full of colour, detail and beauty like no other, the art style is vigorous and unique, and the character designs are fresh, exuberant and interesting.
The music - chiefly a variety of electronic compositions - is sublime. It blends seamlessly with Redline's fast-paced visuals, the sound editing is first-rate and the vocal tracks leave warm, fuzzy feelings - especially the ending song. The vocal talent is superb and particularly noteworthy; the film employs actors rather than seiyu in the leading roles. The leading man - JP - is voiced by Takuya Kimura, a member of the pop group SMAP and veteran actor who starred in Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade, part of the directors Oscar nominated samurai trilogy. The leading lady - Sonoshee - is portrayed by none other than Yu Aoi; an actress with many award-winning films under her belt, multiple of which were directed by national treasure and acclaimed auteur Shunji Iwai. Lastly, JP's right-hand man Frisbee is handled by Tadanobu Asano, one of few Japanese actors making a name for himself in Hollywood (recently he starred in Marvel's Thor). To quote journalist Helen McCarthy; "casting him was a stroke of genius."
The main characters all very much fit into conventional archetypes, but they're not made to be complex, deep, thoughtful beings. The characters, like the story and presentation, are themselves larger than life, quite literally. JP and Sonoshee alone make up about half the human population in the entire film; all of the other characters belong to their respective alien races, besides two other humans. The characters are written to be entertaining, to build the scale of the film and to perform as the archetypes we know and love, but that's not to say they're by any means flat; the main characters receive a sufficient amount of development, and the supporting cast is comprised of an exceedingly rich, varied, exciting and incredibly fun horde of wonderful characters.
Redline is a film not to be taken too seriously and anyone doing so has certainly missed the point. Needless to say, if you want a realistic racing film then you have come to the wrong place. However, if you want a fast, funny, eye-watering, explosive experience that will suck you into a world which words barely do justice, this is the film you're after. But, more than a film, Redline is an experience. Every element works in melody, bouncing off and complementing one another, ultimately creating a tremendous overall work that is magical to behold, completely unlike any other anime production to date. read more
Feb 23, 2011
Now in when it comes of the plot of Redline it is short, sweet and straight to the point. The film follows our main character JP, a driver who wants to race in a tournament called Redline which is held every five years. However he fails to qualify for it and just when he believes his dream is over, by chance two people drop out of the tournament which gives him a qualifying place.
It has been mentioned by critics and viewers, that Redline lacks a plot or that the story comes across as lackluster and while I can understand that point of the argument I can also argue against it. The film has enough of a plot to work in cohesiveness with the rest of the film and while it's not overly complex or thought-provoking it doesn’t have to be. I would like to think of it this way: Would your rather watch film with an overly drawn out plot and character development which could be potentially tedious and slow down the fast-paced nature of the film? Or would you want to watch a film with a condensed plot that has enough story and personality to make you care about what you are watching? Personally I prefer the latter.
When it comes to the visual presentation of Redline, words fail me. I mean seriously, no words can truly say how beautiful this film really is. Japanese animation studio Madhouse have crafted one of the most visually stunning animated films in existence, you really have to see it in action to comprehend its awesomeness. Firstly there's the character design, from the human-based characters to all of the other alien races and cybernetic beings that reside within Redline's world, the designs are diverse, unique and interesting. Secondly you have the vehicles which are also fabulous, coming in many different shapes and sizes, from simple to completely crazy designs, with individual quirks and weapon arsenals to be admired. And lastly there's the locations of the film that vary from the rocky crayons where races are done to spaceships floating above planets, all of which have an incredible amount of detail that draws your eyes in especially on a large cinema screen.
But I feel that the main aspect that makes Redline so great is the fluidity of the animation. The quality of the animation in this film is actually insane, with several sequences of high-octane action crafted with some beautiful choreography, nicely placed camera angles and great use of speed. Everything moves in such a smooth manner, with no moments of slowdown or inconsistencies whatsoever. The film delivers an experience like no other in the animation department and really conveys on the concept of speed, pushing you to edge of your seat and beyond.
But what is a film without a good soundtrack? Luckily Redline happens to have a brilliant soundtrack crafted by James Shimoji, which compliments the visuals wonderfully. The soundtrack is mainly composed of techno-based music, but it works well with the action on-screen, its explosive, fast-paced and it sounds so good! Also personally I felt that Redline's soundtrack really reminded me of the video-games F-Zero GX and Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, both of which have great soundtracks with explosive music that sounds great on the highest volume level. I also have to note that the sound editing in this film is tackled perfectly as well.
In terms of the enjoyment of Redline, I say be prepared to fall in love with this film. After watching the trailers for this film you get a rough idea as to what you will be watching, however those trailers cannot prepare you for the whole film. As a lot of people know this genre of film has been done before, after all Redline is a film about guys, girls and cars. But what Redline as film does well is give us a familiar format to work with, but it's covered in such an innovative, stylised and charismatic fashion that you will be left in awe after you see it. Also throughout all of the chaos and mind-blowing visuals, Redline never feels like it's heading into unnatural territory, in fact a lot of aspects about Redline feel realistic and believable.
Overall Redline is an experience that I feel everyone should enjoy. It's a like a rush of energy that's exhilarating, fast-paced and unforgettable. Takeshi Koike, Redline's director should feel very happy about the film that he has crafted and considering his previous work before coming onto this project I'm not surprised that this film turned out to be a success. Again I feel the need to mention Madhouse's insane skills as an animation studio as they have created a film full of action, charisma and style unlike any other film. There are so many individual things about the film that's weird and wonderful and completely unexpected, but overall I say watch this film and experience the epicness that is Redline! read more
Jun 4, 2013
Redline took over 7 years to make, reportedly used 100,000 hand-made drawings, and was released later than its originally intended release date. Needless to say, this was a monumental effort by the animators; something you can feel while watching this movie. Every single shot in the movie is amazingly well detailed, brimming with attitude and audacity. There isn't a moment in the movie that doesn't demand your attention, there is just so much to look at: there are strange looking aliens, outlandishly awesome vehicles, their equally as awesome operators, fantastical spaceships, legions of killer robots, crazy bounty hunters, insane speed-freaks, biologically created weapons of mass destruction, scantily clad and topless women, and thousands upon thousands of explosions. The animators took every crazy idea that popped into their heads and brought them to life in stunning detail, all for the sole purpose of making your eyes explode from the sheer awesomeness of what you are watching.
The artwork itself is something unique. Heavily lined, highly defined, and more reminiscent to western comic-books or adult aimed animation than traditional anime. It is nothing like the bishounen/bishoujo look that dominates modern anime; it doesn't have a hint of that sort of 'attractiveness'. Instead, part of the appeal of Redline's art style is how freakishly outlandish the characters can look; one of the main characters looks like a goblin with a pink streak going across his face from ear to ear, in a suit. He looks relatively normal in comparison to many side characters. Even the human (or human-like) characters have strange or exaggerated features. The animation is smooth, and under first time director Takeshi Koike, infused with frenetic energy. The dynamism of the animation perfectly compliments the unique art style; making for an insane visual thrill ride.
Redline's soundtrack is also very strong. Composed of mostly high energy electronic beats and guitar riffs with equally as enthusiastic vocals, there is nary a quiet moment in Redline's soundtrack, which is entirely fitting for the movie. The music is perfect for the movie's purposes; its crazy, often funny, and pumps up the adrenaline for the bombastic action set-pieces. In addition, many of the characters have their own themes, all of which are delightful in their own way.
Now for the plot, it's a mess. It's a crazy, fun, and thoroughly entertaining mess albeit, but a mess nonetheless. Granted, this is an animated racing movie, so it is not as if a meaningful plot is expected. Indeed, Redline has all the thematic depth of a dixie cup, but that doesn't mean there is not a lot going on. With the romantic sub-plot between protagonists JP and Sonoshee, the conflict with the militaristic Roboworld, a sub-plot involving JP's friend Frisbee being entangled with the mafia, and all the rivalries between the racers; there might actually be a bit too much going on. Of course, all if this is building up to the spectacle of the big race, however, that doesn't make this cluster of plot-lines any less convoluted. The pay-off of these plot-lines alto varies; in the worst cases they're just dropped or forgotten about, in the best cases they're resolved with explosions and violence. While this isn't a bad thing, since it means more great animated action sequences, it does show that while the animation is stellar, the writing is severely lacking.
Something the writing does succeed at is the humor. This is an outrageously funny movie, tossing jokes and silly antics left and right, and mostly hitting the mark. A lot of the humor comes from the ridiculous, exaggerated personalities of the characters. The cast is essentially a collection of caricatures, yet all are colorful and memorable. There is the egotistic cyborg who is the longstanding Redline champion, and claims to be in a league of his own because he is literally one with his ride. Lynchman and JohnnyBoya, a pair of bounty hunters who look and act like superhero parodies. The Super Boins are a hyper sexualized pop duo with a vehicle that transforms into a woman-shaped robot that has their cockpits as its boobs. The segments in the middle of the movie that introduce these characters are hysterical. Then there is all the weird situations and circumstances characters find themselves in. Not everything is comedic gold, but even when the jokes don't completely work, they are entertaining enough in their weirdness. It is all very tongue-in-cheek and in-your-face ridiculous, and that is what makes it so much fun.
Redline is a movie that thrives more on pure entertainment value than a strong plot and cast of characters. It runs on adrenaline and showmanship rather than a well crafted narrative or complex themes. While this does prove to be the movie's biggest shortcoming, it is also the best thing it has going for it. Though the plot falls flat on many aspects, the movie itself never fails to entertain. Admittedly, you might have to turn your brain off and stretch your suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy Redline. However, if exciting pop-corn munching material with a ton of passion is what you are craving, then Redline is just the thing for you. read more
Oct 6, 2014
The art style is Redline’s strong point. Its a fairly realistic design with enhanced colors. This gives everything a lighter toned feel, even with the colors typically being shaded darker. The art is able to be stretched easily while the colors blur together flawlessly creating a perfect look for the fast style shown often in the movie. The character deigns match their personality extremely well. While theres a nice variety of unique “alien’s” to keep the setting interesting. The overall theme's and setting shown within the fans watching the race is believable an always entertaining. The backgrounds matched with the unique color design allowed them to add an extra flare to the movie, While watching the cars building up power skipping almost uncontrollably until finally bursting forward with insane speed. It was all so wonderfully done.
The soundtrack complimented Redline extremely well. The race scene’s had a upbeat style with a futuristic mix to it. The flashbacks and lighter moments were very nicely accompanied by relaxing scores. The voice acting in both versions was clear and fit the characters personalities. All of the sound effects form the engines revving to the cars racing and fan’s cheering was enjoyable. It was fitting and didn’t seem out of place. The sound overall form voice acting to sound effects and the music chosen, seemed to fit within the story perfectly.
The characters beside JP, Sonoshee, and Frisbee had very little story behind them revealed. I was never not entertained though. All the racers get some kind of interesting introduction. They all have a unique design and personality. Its more just a cast of chaotic misfits trying to survive wild antics. Really knowing them or understanding them isn’t needed because they are entertaining and fun to watch. The crowd and gambling go hards varied and kept the setting fresh. The “villains’” had quirks that made them feel creepy and or evil. While JP stayed cool the entire time.
When it comes down to it Redline is fun. It has a wide range of awesome characters that will make you laugh. Its got music that fits perfectly with the style of story and the setting shown. The art used to portray this story could not have been done better. So if your looking for a Fun, Relaxing, and Cool movie then this is one you don’t want to miss.
"Someone’s having doubts, huh? Hell, I was just trying to keep this thing interesting. You’re just a voice, pal! You don’t know a damn thing about racing!” Sweet JP read more
May 30, 2014
Before you watch Redline, there are a few things that you must know, chief of which is that this movie is not being made for the intellectual. The story is simple and understated, but never aspires to be anything compelling on its own.
So why watch it? Despite Redline's lackluster story, it excels is practically every other area to the point of perfection, far over shadowing any of its lacking elements. Chief among these perfections are Redline's visuals. Made with over 10,000 hand drawn key-frames, and an absolutely unique style to boot, Redline is the single most visually stunning thing I've ever seen in all of anime. Of course that's simply my opinion, and while it might not be your favorite looking anime (assuming that you, the reader, have seen it), it is undoubtedly a visual masterpiece.
As I mentioned before, Redline also boasts an absolutely fantastic soundtrack. The different character themes are unique and catchy, and the movie's title tracks, Yellow Line and Redline, offer up wonderful techno beats that perfectly accompany any fast paced ride. Great to listen to in the car, though you may wind up speeding for some unknown reason.
The final thing that Redline does well is its world building. Redline takes the "show don't tell" approach to world building and it really does show just how effective that strategy is when it's done right. It's so chalk full of interesting planets and people and sceneries that you can't really process it all in one viewing. I notice new things about the world every time I rewatch the movie. I actually feel like the many vibrant side characters in Redline help to add to the world. Between the different species, personalities, attitudes, and appearances, these characters do a lot to flesh out the rich universe that Redline inhabits. The world is full, yet Redline never feels the need to explain to you how awesome it is, it simply shows you how awesome it is.
I gave Redline a 10, not because it is a perfect movie, but because it does so many things so well that it doesn't deserve anything less. Redline is just pure fun, shooting into your heart on a gold-nitro blast of awesome. Don't miss out on this fantastic movie. read more
Aug 20, 2011
The first 10 minutes do an excellent job of letting viewers know what’s in store for them. It’s here that the film treats us to an intense and gorgeously animated race sequence and equally beautiful backgrounds and character models. From there on out it’s clear that the films intent is to overwhelm the viewer with adrenaline-filled races brought to life with mouth-watering animation and sound. Storyline and character development are of the lowest priority.
It’s no surprise, then, that Redline sticks closely to the usual 3 act structure. We’re first given a taste of things to come while the personalities and motivations of the major players are established, topped off with introducing the long term goal. The second act is all about the preparation with some rudimentary attempts at character development while act 3 is the main attraction: a 40-minute onslaught of non-stop racing packed with over-the-top, high speed moments and more explosions than 3 Michael Bay films put together.
Sounds good on paper. But Redline goes so overboard with its spectacle that it somehow becomes a bit dull. It’s simply too much.
First off, there are too many characters. The main characters are pretty forgettable and the only contestant who was somewhat cool was the established champion. The film further hurts itself by introducing subplots and characters who aren’t related to the race. A sizable chunk of screentime is reserved for a b-story involving an evil government (basically space-China) that’s out to stop the race and dig up some ancient weapons or something. Ultimately they’re only there to cause tons of explosions and other kinds of destruction. This in a film that’s already filled to the brim with explosions and spectacular set pieces.
This is Redline’s second excess. There is simply too much going on in the third act. A big race alone would have made for a wonderfully thrilling climax but Redline throws in an obligatory mafia subplot as well as the aforementioned evil government. What it all leads to? Stuff getting blown up and more stuff getting blown up.
This wouldn’t have been so bad if there was a reason to care or even some sense of urgency but there isn’t. All the cars race at impossible speeds and run just fine even after taking enough damage to wreck 10 spaceships. The result is that tension is basically nonexistent in this film. Nobody of note dies and damage to the vehicle is shrugged off so easily that one gets the feeling the only thing at stake is the film’s running time.
It’s a real pity seeing as the film is brilliantly animated and incredibly stylish. The film had a production history of 7 long years and you can tell when watching it that all that time was well spent in honing the stunning visuals to perfection. It’s no exaggeration that this is a new benchmark in terms of pure animation. The film’s many characters have detailed, instantly distinguishable models and are fluidly animated, machines roar and rush over surfaces with incredible speed and there’s even the occasional use of deformed animation for stylish effect that’s very effective. The visuals in Redline are a labor of love and the best part is that it overwhelms the senses in a way that seems difficult (perhaps impossible) to replicate in another medium.
In the end, that makes it all the more tragic that these gorgeous visuals aren’t telling a story worth caring about. Worse yet, its main hook (the visuals) simply can’t be used to carry a 100-minute feature film. Some serious editing could have reduced it to have its length and it would’ve made for a better-flowing and much more enjoyable viewing experience.
As it is, Redline is a stunningly animated but overlong film with such incompetent storytelling that it cannot reach its full potential. One can only hope that first-time director Takashi Koike’s next project will be a lot more polished. As it is, the talent is there. It simply needs to be honed and guided properly.
Oct 24, 2013
Story is so-so for a racing movie. Little predictable but you will enjoy it nonetheless. Story is about racer trying to win races and government being baddies. Pretty standard plot, don't expect any deep plot development.
Art is the selling point of why you should watch the movie. It's so well detailed and well fleshed out. Over thousands of frames it has been done for 7 years, it hasn't been done in vain. Animation is also very good in the movie, so no flaws over animation or art.
The soundtrack fits perfectly with the suspense of driving and action scenes. The voice cast for the movie is also good, no complaint over someones voice.
Very slick soundtrack over course of the movie.
Really no surprise here, don't think of any complex characters like you see in movies like Evangelion. Characters are somewhat relatable. Overall they are just bit cliche and small character development you will see while watching the movie. Main character being somewhat thinking he is too cool and gets himself in bad situations.
Note: There is a tiny bit of romance.
I really enjoyed the movie for visuals and simple plot to understand, also the bombastic soundtrack it comes with. Pacing was well done, I never got bored and time flew so fast so I thought it just went 30 minutes but actually a hour and half.
What it tries to be? It tries to be a beautiful movie with bombastic music and simple plot to understand. Does it succeed? Hell yes it does! read more
Oct 22, 2014
The story isn’t much: an illegal road race where only the bravest can compete, opposed by a corrupt leadership, and surrounded by gambling and drugs. The story of a racer and his ambition to win the world’s greatest competition isn’t new, but Redline is this concept at its best – fabulously over the top, and always maintaining its high pace. Given the 100 minutes running time, I unexpectedly found myself appreciating not only the racing, but how well every mini-story is tied together. Redline provides a large cast of both the story-driving characters and the fun ones that bring fun and life into the hectic action. JP is our classic good guy in a bad situation, with a talent for racing but surrounded by a history of race-fixing. He’s the loveable underdog who’s easy to root for, simple and good with the ladies. It’s cheesy and clichéd in the best sense of the words. The focus is not just on JP though, and we have a wonderful supporting cast with their own distinct styles and eccentricities – most notably Sonoshee, JP’s instant love-interest and a talented racer with an endearing backstory of her own. In truth, each member of the Redline race is given the screen-time to be a character in their own right, and the only aspect of the plot and pacing I would criticise in Redline is that given the film’s length, arguably too much time is spent focusing on the side characters. As a result though, each character manages to have a distinct flavouring to them, such that, when your gaze is thrust on the side characters, it’s a cause to celebrate and revel in each character’s individual wackiness. Wacky really is the best way to describe every character.
Whether you like the actual over the top art style is a matter of personal opinion (JP’s hair is undeniably a thing of beauty though). On the animation side however, it cannot be said Redline does not look sublime, and the greatest benefit of the film’s limited running time is that every scene manages looks amazing. The slum-like conditions and environments are drawn with an attention to detail that entirely justifies Redline’s five-year development hell. Nothing could be act as a better debut for the talents of Takeshi Koike, whom I’m hoping to see much more of in the future.
Musically Redline is never invasive, but there are tracks that stick out during the races. The best thing to say about the soundtrack is that it’s incredibly easy to enjoy when you just want to take in the awesome music, and when you want to enjoy the action, the music is there to kick start the adrenaline rush, but never to flood out the neverending chorus of explosions.
Redline is familiar without feeling overly so. Most of all though, it embraces the concept of sensory overload and expresses this style down to the smallest details. It’s ridiculous, but wonderfully enjoyable, and I think the best way to summarise Redline is by enjoying the experience of plunging your head into a washing machine infested with fresh cheese for 1 hour and 42 minutes.
Aug 29, 2013
The story is more of a mixed bag. It’s absurd, all over the place, and devoid of substance, but it’s also fun, well-paced, and it gets the job done. You can’t honestly expect much out of a film whose main plot is about an illegal race on a planet ruled by killer cyborgs, and as long as you go into it with the right mindset, you’ll probably enjoy it. The highlights are definitely the action-packed races, which will have you glued to the screen, but the various subplots are pretty interesting too and give the story some complexity. The characters are on the whole great, but the cast is large and only a few get any meaningful attention − JP, Sonoshee, and Frisbee. While a couple of the racers stand out (the Superboins and Machine Head with his hilarious tiny dog), the rest are completely forgettable despite the attention they’re given. Redline‘s true weakness is not that its story or characters lack much substance, but that it tries to do too much at once and so doesn’t do much in the end. With so many pieces flying around, the only thing you can do is embrace the madness, and if you’re hoping for a strong plot you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Whatever criticisms it may deserve, Redline is still a must-see film. As of now, it’s the pinnacle of animation. Add in the kick ass soundtrack and an exhilarating racing plot, and it’s easy to see why it’s such a big deal. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. read more
Feb 19, 2013
It's reminiscent of something Gainax would produce, but with a little extra kick of spice added.
The story of a racer who just can't turn down any race, along with everyone else in this film.
This film makes me think of a film version of an uncensored F-Zero.
For the art department. This movie should win an award. This is seriously the reason to watch this film. The execution, character design, machines, action, SPEED! Everything is done with excellent detail, and you really feel like you're apart of these races. Just beautiful.
Takeshi Koike should direct more anime features.
As for characters, most are very obvious. Mainly all characters are adrenaline junkies who want more speed and want to WIN!
Many plot points are quite obvious and cliche, and you will know all of them as soon as you watch the film. Does this take away from the experience? Not. At. ALL!
JP is an old fashioned racer, with the help of his mechanic, an old friend Frisbee, he can win. If it were not for Frisbee fixing the races because of his deals with the mafia.
Sonoshee is one sexy babe, and she's the :Spoiler: love interest for JP in this picture (It's no spoiler). Her dream is to win the Redline.
There are many other quirky supporting characters that enter races, qualify for the Redline, and get in JP's way.
But, it's all in the execution.
The sound department in this production. The SFX should get an award as well, especially with the well executed explosions and vehicle sounds.
All the seiyuu are excellent.
The music is very good as well, it reminds me even more of F-Zero.
If you are interested in any way in speed, animation, execution, and style, you're at the right place.
This is quite a beautiful film!
This film deserves my 10, because it does what it is trying to do perfectly.
Beautiful art, fast paced story with some well executed down time, and a perfect experience!
Another great Madhouse production has hit streets.
As I said before, Takeshi Koike should direct more anime features! read more
Oct 19, 2014
But yes, the film does indeed have racecars/mechs/boats/whatever with rocket launchers as the first few minutes will prove. But the race the contestants are in isn’t the namesake, but a qualifying event called Yellowline. The story itself follows the exploits of JP, who lives and breathes racing, but unlike the other contestants his ride isn’t armed to the windshield. As Yellowline concludes, an unfortunate event causes him to lose the race, but as preparation for Redline starts, a string of coincidences give him another chance to compete in the race.
From there, most of the film spends its time building character relationships and motivations. I would say world building, but most if it is made on the spot for whatever would be cool to happen in that situation. The titular race is going to take place on Roboworld, a planet whose rulers really don’t want the race taking place there. Somehow, they’re obligated enough to let the racing committee set up shop for the race, but violent enough to attack the racers, whether at a diner or at the race itself. Said racing committee has rules about race rigging to protect its entrants, despite all of the racers being allowed to drive what are effectively war vehicles. Yeah. Really.
Don’t mistake my facetiousness for disdain though. There’s a certain charm in knowing that flirtatious twins who command a racing stripper mech...come from the royalty of a magical kingdom planet. And the incompetence of Roboworld’s rulers makes the thought of how they run the planet humorous. Very little of the setting from its rules on racing to eligibility for racing don’t align. The racing committee has rules in place to protect its entrants, but they don’t seem to mind letting a police officer and the convict he’s chasing compete. The only consistency here is how inconsistent everything is. It’s cool things for the sake of cool things.
But back to the characters, all of them are fairly archetypical. JP is the typical cool cat who lives for glory, Sonoshee the sexy love interest, and Frisbee the manager and friend who makes the tough decisions. There’s nothing else to say about them individually, but together their naturally connected backstories give a surprising amount of weight to their relationships. These backstories don’t say much, but they unfold in a deliberate pace to give an otherwise brash film a surprising amount of heart. It’s just a shame the main trio is held back by the film’s need to try and flesh out other characters.
But that doesn’t mean all of the other characters were poorly realized. Big Robot and Crybaby Robot (seriously, you won’t remember them by name) are naturally introduced as JP and his epic pompadour go around scouting out the competition. The other characters, not so much. They’re introduced in a brief way that makes sense, but at the same time it’s easy to spot that their only purpose will be an excuse to create explosions at the Redline race. If the film didn’t waste time to pretend it cares about its other characters, then that time could be used on the main trio to make them something more than solid.
Of course, watching this film for the deeper meaning of what it means to win or for a character study on JP would be missing the point. The reason to watch Redline is for its final act, where studio Madhouse delivers on the film’s tagline to ‘WITNESS THE FUTURE OF ANIMATION.’ Instead of seeing the visuals take shortcuts to give the illusion of speed, speed is seen as racers take shortcuts within the visuals. Every vibration from their engines shifts each vehicle ever so slightly as even their hair sways with each skid and drift. It’s smaller details on top of fast-swerving objects against gorgeous backdrops.
Part of what makes the backdrops—and characters—gorgeous is the artstyle of saturated contrast. Colors that are normally dull manage to shine, colors that normally shine are brilliant, and shadows don’t give colors varying shades, but are pure black and used to highlight details for stylistic effect. It’s an artstyle of extremes that creates subtlety to be appreciated during the slower moments of the film. And even when the film gains speed, the visuals never lose their radiance and detail.
Unfortunately, the soundtrack is underwhelming—not bad—by comparison. The number of distinct pieces can be counted on one hand. They’re fun while they play during parts of each race, but the limited number of tracks makes the action slightly boring to hear (but it’s always fun to watch). I say slightly boring because character dialog thankfully picks up the musical slack, as the refreshing trash talk between contestants breaks the monotony of engines roaring. The non-action parts of the film especially rely on dialog to keeps things interesting, and for the most part it succeeds.
But it’s that non-action part of the film that I need to bring special attention to. Understandably, a film focused on spectacle still needs compelling enough characters to make the action worth caring about. And they ARE solid characters. At the same time, ‘solid’ might not be enough to hold everyone’s interest for most of the film, especially when it’s the animation—the action-packed animation—that’s the main draw of the film. For a story with characters who make split-second decisions, viewers will ironically need a small measure of patience.
Still, these faults aren’t enough to make Redline a bad or even average film. It’s uneventful moments are still energetic, the setting pulls off a casual disregard of consistency for coolness, and the character interaction believably builds backstory. Overall, no part of the film is ‘bad’ because even its weakest parts are still ‘good.’ With just enough human drama to accelerate the spectacle of racecars with rocket launchers, Redline will leave you at the edge of your driver’s seat. read more
Feb 28, 2015
Plot- Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car—all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee McLaren.
- This movie is a gem 1 hour 40 minutes long. I enjoyed every second of it, even the credits because of the beautiful song in the end. I never felt this good watching a racing movie, since "speed racer" times. This movie has everything, what I wanted in a racing movie "Osts, Pump up moments, romance, beautiful explosive artwork, no CGI shit everything is hand drawn". It is a futuristic sci-fci racing movie, it might remind you of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace racing scene.
Genres- Action, Cars, Sci-Fi, Sports, Romance
Story- 9.5/10 (Not a unique story, if you have seen Speed Racer everything seems bit predictable but I still enjoyed it a lot. Every other character perfectly blends into the story. Since, it's just a movie, I won't spoil anything else)
Characters- 10/10 (JPXMcLaren is what steals the show, they both have this unique chemistry from the start, that reveals in the near end)
Artwork- 10/10 (2nd best thing about the movie, everything is beautiful. The colorful artwork,Cars and Characters looks so damn good and we are talking about Madhouse here and make sure you watch this movie in 720p nothing below that. It will just destroy the beauty of it with pixels)
Sound- 10/10 (The music that starts right at the pump up moments, feels the best not just that, character's voices are so good. You can feel the effort, I highly recommend you to watch it in Jap Dub and English Sub!)
Enjoyment- Over 9000 (This movie sure made my Sunday. If only this movie had a sequel or 12 episodes long T.V series. I would have enjoyed it a lot more than with more character's development)
Feb 18, 2015
We've seen this done before in a few anime like TTGL or DBZ, where everything is just so ridiculous that it just becomes awesome!
Now, what is it about cars travelling at superfast speeds that just the mere thought of it rushes you with adrenaline? I don't know about you, but that shit gives me goosebumps. Especially when there is some sweet music playing in the background out loud. You know shit is about to go down when the driver hits the nitrous button and space starts to warp and you just wanna scream "Hell Yeah! That's what I'm talking about!"
Now, if you can relate to that feeling, then Redline is for you my friend. A movie, that is all about that adrenaline rush.
The plot for a racing movie should be pretty obvious --- There's a race. And they win it! But this movie isn't about an ordinary race on an ordinary track with ordinary cars. No no no no no, its the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe, with racers from different galaxies with their superpowered badass cars. And here's the best part, NO RULES! Hahahaha.... You are gonna see guns, missiles and all kinds weaponry and tricks that the racers can stuff into their vehicle to just obliterate the other racers from the competition. But that is not all, the military joins in to stop the racers and things take a turn for the worse.
All that stuff is awesome, but what really matters in the race is --- What happens between the Starting Line and the Finish AND How they finish the race?
The answer to the first one is : All out craziness, speeding demons clawing at each other while being chased by the military from ground and air. It makes for quite a spectacle.
And the finish is just filled with a breathtaking adrenaline pumped scene that would make you go "WO HOO!"
Okay, okay enough with those reactions, lets get into more technical stuff.
The story for redline is fairly simple (start, hit the ignition and finish) but the presence of elements like the military and the race being held on a universal scale brings in some great action packed scenes. Given that this is a movie and judging a movie on the same criterion as an anime, which gets more screen time, would be injustice. And the thing that the movies most suffer from is character development. Redline does not take such a big hit from this as a racing movie can be concluded in a much shorter time as there is usually just one race. So we are given a fair amount of information into the motivations 'driving' the two main characters --- JP and Sonoshee. So, when they finish the race, you can relate to that excitement.
Besides the usual flaws with a work such as this i.e. cliche story, cheesy drama etc. there isn't really anything bad to say about it. (Though I'm sure you can find faults in anything if you look hard enough. I like to loose myself into the world of the anime rather than look for faults in it. It is supposed to be fun after all.)
Now, animations wise : Whoa! you can just pause this movie at any random moment, take a snap and you can use that scene as a wallpaper, because every single frame of this movie has been crafted with such amazing detail that it just dazzles you. There are no noticeable mistakes even in the scene with the most action going on. It is to be expected as the movie took 7 years to make with hundreds of thousands of hand made shots. They took their time with it, and it shows.
Now, a beautifully animated action packed movie about racing like this needs to have its companion (the sound) on the same level as the art. Because it is the music that just adds to all that pump you feel from watching those cars moving at hyperspeeds. And it does its job. The choice for a futuristic setting is just right -- techno. Its fast paced, its explosive, its crazy. Just the right ingredients to make this whole thing go blasting through the finish line.
Movies on cars are all about the enjoyment. So you shouldn't even be asking about that because I didn't even realise when those 100mins just flew by as I was at the edge of my seat the whole time just hypnotized by the dazzling animation as JB ravaged to the finish line.
Overall, this movie was made for one sole purpose - to give you some kickass adrenaline pumping action. And it did the job in a magnificent way. Well, if Madhouse takes 7 years to make something, it is definitely going to be worth a watch now, ain't it? read more
Dec 31, 2014
Art and Animation
This movie took 7 years to make, and it shows, every single frame of animation is it's own work of art. Animation is technically flawless it flows seamlessly from frame to frame, this is the must beautiful show that I watched.
Sound effects are perfect, there isn't anything more that I could say about them.
Music is powerful, dynamic, and punchy, it complements the show perfectly.
2.0 uncompressed audio track in addition to standard 5.1 is greatly appreciated by audiophiles that prefer warmer, more precise sound of HI-FI stereo systems, rather than 5.1 audio setups.
English voice cast performance
Dub is excellent, no complains here
Story, Characters, and Writing in general
By the time you realize that story isn't that amazing, it won't matter since you will be to busy picking up your jaw from the floor
Redline is not Steins;Gate and it doesn't have to be, story did it's job.
Redline is one of rare cases in which audio/video equipment directly impacts your enjoyment of the show, if you can, watch it with high end gear especially HI-FI audio
Final score and conclusion
Redline is benchmark for animation and audio engineering
FINAL SCORE: 9.4/10
Feb 12, 2014
Redline follows the story of Sweet JP, a reckless race car driver in the distant future. The Redline race is the galaxy's biggest, most notorious, most violent race in all the galaxy...and JP has gotta win it. Redline was totally, unabashedly entertaining. There has been absolutely nothing I've seen that has been as over the top as Redline. It was just plain ridiculous, over the top fun. The animation only aids the insanity on screen. Animated by MADHOUSE (The Wolf Children, Summer Wars), Redline is colorful, vibrant, and truly exciting. There is certain level of kinetic energy rarely seen in animation, and Redline totally defines a new level of racing action throughout this chaotic adventure.
Speaking of which, the action is just amazing in Redline. Furiously entertaining and loud, Redline is extremely fun. The racing sequences are hilariously fun, and the rest of the film takes place as a build up to the finale, which is fittingly silly and recklessly mad in the best way possible. The cheeky writing and surprising English dubs make the energy all the more exciting. The characters are thin, but fun and quite memorable, especially Sweet JP. The story is amusing and keeps things mysterious until the end, but it's not necessarily ground-breaking. What is surprising is the world that Redline creates. It's a fun cyberpunk (with heavy emphasis on the punk) universe that has a good sense of location and originality. Its biggest flaw is it's hurried conclusion. There isn't any resolution after the epic finale, and it left me wanting more.
Redline is awesome. No question. It won't appeal to everyone, and that's ok. It's a loud, insane, and ridiculous action film that rarely lets up. Anime film goers will love it, but American film goers be warned: this is in no way a good entry point for action Japanese animation. But for those who know what they are getting themselves into, you will no doubt be entertained. Redline is freakishly enjoyable from beginning to end. There's nothing else quite like the insanity on screen, and its fresh twists on racing film tropes is reason enough to give Redline a watch.
Jan 30, 2015
Let’s get the obvious things out of the way first: the animation is god-tier. The incredibly smooth animation flows like water, and is potentially the best animation I’ve ever seen. A 10/10, hands down. The art is not quite as good, but still up there in terms of quality. The first thing one might notice is the high-contrast art-style. This might take a little getting used to, but it’s an interesting change of pace from the usual. The backgrounds are quite detailed, and establish a certain old-fashioned and space-western feel for the setting. The colors tend to be bright and highly saturated, which contributes to the exaggerated look and feel of the movie. The setting is fleshed out further by the presence of many interesting-looking and well-designed alien species. Speaking of designs, the characters in the movie all have distinct and exaggerated character designs, again contributing to the over-the-top nature of the presentation. However, this is about where the main plusses end.
The plot is incredibly cliché and uninspired, and the characters are terrible. Oh god, the characters. The characters are all one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs with no depth. Even worse, they’re not even entertaining to watch. So boring are they that nothing they do interests me in the slightest. In fact, the characters are what really kills the movie for me. The pacing is quite solid, and the writing otherwise, while riddled with clichés, is still tolerable. However, the abysmally bad characters drag the rest of the movie down with them. It is for this reason that I believe Redline should have been about half as long as it is, as that way the creators wouldn’t have even tried to pretend that their characters have depth, and wouldn’t have spent time trying (and failing) to convince us that they do. All attempts at characterization in the movie failed, and in fact only underlined how poor they all were. Furthermore, because of the boring characters, the movie was not nearly as exhilarating as it could (should) have been. It still was exhilarating, make no mistake, but more in a “wow, that was pretty awesome” kind of way, and less in a “holy hell, that was amazing! DID YOU SEE THAT? I CAN’T BREATHE” kind of way, which it certainly had the potential for.
Redline isn’t a bad movie, per se. It has its moments, and it is worth a watch if only because of the incredible visual quality. Unfortunately, quality animation alone does not a good anime make, and so I can’t bring myself to give Redline any more than a score of 6.5/10.
Apr 10, 2014
Redline is an absolute gift for those of you who want pure entertainment. For this is enjoyment in it's purest form. From the stylishly characteristic artstyle, unique/ memorable characters and voice acting, to it's selective OST, this feature film is doing what anime does best; entertain. The film follows racing in a distant future, but the significance of the plot matters not, as you came here for the action and glory!
Redline does not try to deceive, you get what you came for, and nothing less.
Aren't you satisfied yet? read more
Nov 21, 2010
You have never seen an anime like this before.
Redline is an experience.
The story is about some punk-ass racing driver JP. He’s gotten himself into some match-fixing scandals but, due to some unforeseeable coincidences, he wound up qualifying for Redline, the worlds biggest racing event. The only rule is your vehicle must use wheels. Plus, to make things interesting, they decided to hold the race on Roboplanet, home to a warring civilisation who vow to kill any racers who dare enter their planet. Why hold the race there? So the TV ratings for the galaxy airing of Redline shoot through the roof and so the animators have plenty of opportunities to animate pretty explosions.
Not that any of this really matters. The plot is a tedious frivolity that’s just there to justify the crazy sequences they put these characters through. You couldn’t even hear the exposition and explanatory dialogue over the explosions, revving engines and thumping soundtrack, to the point that subtitles would often appear on the screen when I couldn’t hear anyone actually saying anything. The real sign of this is the final scene, which I won’t spoil, but acts as a sign by the creators that you weren’t meant to be taking this seriously in any way, shape or form. It’s such a brilliantly corny way to end the movie that you can’t help but applaud the audacity of it all.
Redline is all about the visual experience. As little importance as they might have had, it’s really a shame I had to pay some degree of attention to the subtitles because I probably missed so many little details. Each scene is full of little eyecatches to compliment the overall picture. From the Redline champion Ironhead, a 3 metre tall fella with a head of, surprise surprise, iron, stroking his teeny tiny dog during an interview, or the hero in JP’s dream snogging two girls at once, the movie is full of these little amusing details that act as winks to the audience. I’d almost say it didn’t have enough of these, which is kinda like saying Death Note needed more Latin chanting, but I could have done with a few less explosions and a few more cars flying through the air with their windscreen wipers on. There’s only so many ways you can make an explosion look interesting. I’m pretty sure Redline used up every single method, and made up a few of it’s own, but the eccentricities with animating other incidents is what made me love this movie.
Redline is aiming to have as much fun as possible. That’s how the brain behind the series works and drives what the movie does next. Compare this to Panty and Stocking for a second. P&S uses the audacity of it’s animation techniques to provoke shocked responses of “OMG did they just do that!?!”. Redline uses it’s animation for the power of fun. You can tell how much the creators enjoyed working on this. If anything, it looks like they might have had too much fun and were forced to cut out parts of the movie to make it more manageable. There certainly appeared to be a chunk of the final race missing as it leaped from midway point to the finish line. All things considered, they probably made the right choice if they cut out some scenes from there. The movie was just the right length, anymore might have killed the fun just that little bit, but it did leave the final race feeling a little bit disjointed.
Ultimately, because of the disregard for narrative, the movie doesn’t hold much weight. Hence I don’t think it will make quite the splash some of the early reviews predicted it would make. But Redline is such an incredibly fun film that I find it hard to see how people won’t get sucked in by it’s atmosphere and intentions, grinning like a maniac right the way through the film. Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?
::Edit:: I've seen this movie 3 times now and decided to hike the score up from an 8 to a 9. If anything, it gets more fun with each rewatch read more
Feb 10, 2013
The production took seven whole years just to guarantee the necessary quality and style that such a project would require. And DAMN I must say the results are rewarding you in the fullest. I mean DAMN it looks super epic gorgeous just to look at. It has this style that makes it feel like a stylish graphic novel and soundtracks full of beat. It is not a first; they did a similar style in Dead Leaves and Trava: Fist Planet but the budget alone makes this ten times cooler. Studio Madhouse once again proves that it’s the king of anime series with this beauty, and if GAINAX hadn’t made Gurren Lagann while the film was still in the making, it would have caused an unparallel tsunami of excitement worldwide in its stead. But it’s ok; I consider Red Line to be the Gurren Lagann of movies.
So, just like your typical blood-boiling racing movie, the goal everybody has in the story is to win in a race. That is all, do not look any deeper for more, these guys just live to race. Although there are some attempts to flavor it further by inserting some secondary events, such as miners trying to sabotage a military facility, which is hiding a weapon of mass destruction, which goes out of control, which causes laser satellites to fire upon the planet, which causes Katsuhiro Otomo to think about suing them for shamelessly stealing all his ideas from Akira, down to it the story is by far the least of your concerns and by far the weakest aspect of the film. You are not watching this for its substance but for its over-the-top style; end of story. Everything follows the rule of cool and thus you get these insane stunts and explosions which if the story was trying even a little bit to show realistically, would have resulted to the horrible deaths of all the competitors in just a few minutes after the race begins. I mean, seriously, don’t try to make any sense of it because you will be facepalming every 30 seconds and you will miss all the awesomeness of the action.
Just like the story, the characters are also nothing complicating. We basically have 8 cars with one or two drivers in each, and every one of them is there for fame and glory. They are all quite the crazy folks risking their lives for a silly race but then again the whole point of the movie is to bring out their idealism to heights of mount Everest, so they fit the whole thing. Plus, none of them are fakin wimps like most of modern shows are full of today. THIS IS GAR MAN! I LOVE GAR! They are walking down the street with their uber machoness and revealing sexuality, making everybody to just drop their jaws and look for their ejected eyeballs by the awesomeness. DIS IS DA SH1T YIHA!
The story focuses mostly on two drivers, JP and Sonoshee, as well as the childhood fiend Frizbee and his shady dealings with the mafia regarding fixed races. The first two are like star-crossed lovers and to be honest I didn’t like how they even tried to include such sloppy excuses for romance in this mess. I guess it’s necessary to show some sort of romance amongst all the madness for the first place. It’s still weak though. As for his friend, well, he is supposed to make things more grey but the way everything in this movie happen are so insane that it doesn’t mean much in the longrun. As for all the rest, they are there only for flavoring the whole thing and despite each one being presented as entirely different, they are eventually quite unimportant despite the epic stuff that blow up around them.
Anyways, both characters and story are eventually nothing but dressing for the action, which as I said so many times it’s superb. I am usually not fond of such shallow works but it also doesn’t drag more than it should, so I don’t think I would like it if it was a series. In this case it is awesome for the purpose they make it to be; something between Oban Star Racers, Mad Max, and Death Race 2000 all in one package and hyped to over 9000 in adrenaline. If this does not get to you, nothing will.
So that’s pretty much it, a movie you watch for the adrenaline and the oozing style. It’s not going to make you think about anything but it’s a great piece of action of a level much higher that most others out there. Take it as it is or GTFO!
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 10/10
General Artwork 2/2 (well-made)
Character Figures 2/2 (sexy/cool)
Backgrounds 2/2 (very detailed)
Animation 2/2 (smooth)
Visual Effects 2/2 (cool)
SOUND SECTION: 10/10
Voice Acting 3/3 (dumb but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 4/4 (awesome)
Sound Effects 3/3 (cool)
STORY SECTION: 4/10
Premise 1/2 (typical)
Pacing 1/2 (so-so)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Presence 2/2 (cool/sexy)
Personality 1/2 (generic)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (not much)
Catharsis 1/2 (not much)
VALUE SECTION: 7/10
Historical Value 1/3 (none, unless you consider it the best VRRRRUUUM movie)
Rewatchability 2/3 (partially for the driving scenes)
Memorability 4/4 (you betcha!)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10
THROW IN THE PLATINUM NITRO CAPSULE AND RUN AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!
VERDICT: 7.5/10 read more
Jan 18, 2013
Within the first 5 minutes of the movie I was wowed by how impressive the animation, art, and backgrounds were. Right off the bat I was reminded of works like Afro Samurai or Tekkonkinkreet, both "animation porn", if you will. Redline isn't trying to be a deep or intelligent movie, no, it's supposed to amaze you visually and it does that perfectly.
Redline has lush backgrounds, fantastic race animations, and an awesome art style akin to anime from the 80's or 90's. It's soundtrack isn't anything fantastic but it does just what it needs to do in being fast paced and exciting.
The only true flaw the movie has is it's lack of strong character development. Though it doesn't affect how much I enjoyed the movie, the characters were weak and almost cliche, with JP being the generic gangster and Crab being the typical pretty girl with a passion for something. Personally this didn't affect me but I could definitely see how someone could be bothered by it.
In the end it all comes down to personal preference, Redline isn't a thought provoking movie, but it's definitely a landmark movie in Japanese animation in regards to it's style and aesthetic. If your a big fan of anime or just animation in general Redline is a must see. read more