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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 32388 users)
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Feb 23, 2011
If you've seen a film about racing before, then you know how the plot in such a film tends to unfold. Essentially it isn't so different in Redline, but the larger than life presentation coupled with the phenomenal experience this film brings about is second to none. The story itself is both exhilarating and incredibly well paced. The action is, as you would imagine, fast, fantastic and full of adrenaline and the drama is cheesy, but the kind of cheese that puts a smile on your face. The crazy antics in Redline make clear that it isn't to be taken too seriously and coupled with the fact that the characters and art compliment the story so much, you're able to look beyond the cliches and appreciate the film for what it really is: an exhilarating thrill-ride that doesn't set out to challenge our minds, but to simply entertain and in that respect, the story definitely delivers.
The tagline for Redline is 'WITNESS THE FUTURE OF ANIMATION' and they weren't joking. Madhouse handled the production, with second key animation primarily from Gainax. The films total development took seven years, a huge majority of that time was spent in production. The film contains over one hundred thousand hand-made drawings and the amout of detail and action on screen is so vast that you're going to want to give the film multiple viewings. Interestingly, Takeshi Koike (the man behind Trava, the World Record episode from The Animatrix and responsible for the animated segments in The Taste of Tea) not only served as the director, but also the animation director. Considering this is Koike's debut feature, it just goes to show that Madhouse had a lot of faith in the man and for good reason... he doesn't just deliver, he delivers tenfold. The animation in Redline is, quite simply, 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. This is animation at its best.
The soundtrack - mainly consisting of various electronic tracks - is sublime. It fits Redline's fast-paced visuals and cheesy drama oh so well. The sound editing is top-notch and the ending song will leave a smile on your face. The voice acting is superb, but then again that is to be expected when you get some of the best Japanese actors in the business involved. Takuya Kimura - SMAP member and leading star of Love and Honour, part of Yoji Yamada's Oscar nominated samurai trilogy - handles our main man, JP. Our leading lady is voiced by none other than Yu Aoi, an actress who has appeared in many award winning Japanese films, multiple of which were directed by national treasure Shunji Iwai and last, but certainly not least, JP's partner, Frisbee, is voiced by Tadanobu Asano, quite possibly one of the very best actors working in Japan today and to quote anime journalist Helen McCarthy - casting him was a stroke of genius.
The main characters all very much fit into simple archetypes. You have the extremely cool - but sometimes clutzy - JP, along with the sexy love interest, Sonoshee and the mysterious partner, Frisbee. Similar to the story, the characters are quite conventional. They don't do anything new, they're not hugely complex and they don't need more than a paragraph of analysis, but that is besides the point. The characters, like the story, are themselves larger than life, quite literally. JP and Sonoshee together make up about half of the human population in the entire film, everyone else belongs to their own alien race. The story and characters are very much two sides of the same coin - the characters aren't there to be complex, but to entertain us, to build the scale of the film to do their job as the archetypes we know and love. The characters give the film its flavour and they're incredibly fun and amazing to behold on screen.
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'll pump your enjoyment scales to the max and suck you into a world that words like 'amazing' and 'vigorous' can not even begin to describe, then this is the film to do it. Redline is like one huge, epic, colourful, mind-blowing, rollercoster of a Newton's Cradle. Every element just continuously works together and bounces off each other to create one tremendous overall work that is certainly quite magical to behold. Redline is more than a film, it is an experience. 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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
Apr 23, 2014
…everyone who searches for the ultimate experience in the form of action. Redline is loud, it’s fast, it’s totally over the top, and most importantly it’s exciting as hell to watch.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR…
…people who can’t get into over the top actions flicks and the ones who get put off by comic-like aesthetics.
Redline is a perfect example for an anime that’s almost completely style over substance. The goal of the movie isn’t exactly to pass on an interesting or deep narrative but rather to be a work that shines through its presentation. The story is more an accessory to the presentation that makes the movie happen and thus is rather thin. This little focus on story is still fine though as long as it doesn’t affect the other aspects of the show negatively. When it comes to those kinds of films it’s a lot more important that the story doesn’t get in the way of the enjoyment by taking away momentum, which is something Redline manages to do fairly well. The middle part is admittedly a bit dragged out but it’s still bearable and serves its job in building up excitement for the last act which is basically an action-festival and undoubtedly the highlight of the movie. So despite the story being rather thin and unimpressive, it still does its job well enough to not hamper the enjoyment of the presentation and to serve as a general motivator to enhance the connection between Redline’s world and characters, and the audience.
It’s impossible to describe Redline’s art as anything less than spectacular. The movie’s visual style reminds a lot of works like Gurren Lagann, especially in the way it uses shading to depict speed and roughness and in its general design of the world and characters. Where Redline far succeeds its stylistic concurrence though is in the way it paces its scenes. The action-scenes may be fast and over the top just like in most anime with this style, but never to the point that it becomes an unwatchable mess that’s impossible to follow. Creating spectacular action sequences which are still comprehensible for the audience is something many anime have problems with yet Redline manages to do it flawlessly. Another thing that deserves a lot of praise is the design of the world and its characters. Redline’s designs are crass and comical which makes the locations and characters memorable even so there isn’t too much focus on them, but they aren’t just totally random in their appearance. It makes the world very organic and immersive even so it still has this playful and spontaneous feel to it. All of those aspects of Redline’s art are already fantastic enough to make it into a stunning visual experience, but what really sets Redline apart from every other action-based anime is all the work that was put in it to make every single frame different and perfectly adjusted to the overall presentation. The sense of dynamic and power in Redline is unlike everything else that animation has to offer, and this has a lot to do with the careful construction of all the images that take place in a scene. It’s quite obvious that an immense amount of work went into not only all the single images but into the way those images interact with one another, which is something more action-based series need to increase their focus on. A high quality of the art is important, but especially fast-paced shows need to capture the speed and power of a scene to really leave an impression. And Redline understood and utilized this perfectly.
Redline’s greatest asset is obviously the jaw-dropping presentation, and although the animation is definitely the main reason here, the importance of the music shouldn’t be underestimated either. What’s exceptional about the soundtrack is how well it’s utilized to enhance the already high dynamic and emotional impact of an action scene. The other tracks are also very solid but the high point of the films soundtrack is definitely the techno inspired music that plays during the races. Director Takeshi Koike believes that music makes 50% of the emotional impact of an image, and Redline pretty much proves that he’s right. The background music during the action scenes is dynamic and impulsive but also rhythmic and linearly progressive. It plays in perfect harmony with the rest of the presentation and shows how important a good guidance of the music can really be, especially for more action-driven experiences.
Redline’s cast of characters is mainly meant to be colorful and crass in appearance and personality, but the movie additionally manages to maintain a certain human aspect to the main character’s motivations and social intercourse between each other. The main characters of Redline aren’t deep or exceptionally well-explored by any means, but they also aren’t just comical caricatures either. It’s the goal and interaction that makes them appealing and it’s also part of the reason why the climax of the movie is so satisfying and fulfilling. The other characters, mainly the other racers, are also very colorful and varied in their appearance, and even so we don’t see too much of them over the course of the movie, they still have enough distinguish features to leave an impression on the viewer. Redline’s characters are as colorful and crass as they should be, with the main cast being compelling and relatable enough to make the audience care.
Redline’s enjoyment comes mainly from the adrenaline rush during the action-scenes. The stunning visuals, the rhythmic soundtrack and the sheer perfect pacing during those scenes make Redline into one of the most satisfying and fulfilling anime to watch. Most shows and movies are either too short on the action, which makes them unfulfilling or they’re too long and dragged out so the action becomes repetitive after a while due to a lack of progression in excitement. The races in Redline on the other hand will make you feel exhausted but also fulfilled at the same time. The tension really rises in a progressive manner to the point it’s not bearable anymore, and then the movie releases it all at once, creating an immense adrenalin rush in the process that leaves every viewer with a dropped jaw, big eyes, a stupid grin, and hands that are thrown over the head. If there is one thing that drags the enjoyment of Redline down a bit then it’s the slightly drawn out middle part of the movie, but that’s only a minor thing compared to the absolute excitement, satisfaction and fulfillment that awaits you in the last 40 minutes of the film.
If you ever wanted to know how F-Zero converted into an anime feels like, here’s your chance. But even if not, Redline is simply a must watch nonetheless. The jaw-dropping visuals, the fantastic musical direction, the crass yet organic design of the world and characters, and of course the pretty much unmatched feel of excitement, satisfaction and fulfillment of the action-scenes make Redline into a fantastic example of what an action-based anime can really do when it’s at its best. One of the finest examples of what animation is capable of. read more
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 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.
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
Aug 11, 2014
And, review in Spanish at the end..
Well, now if, let's start:
The history is the "loose" of this film, it's pretty simple and looks that is not very well done in this aspect, but works, and within its simplicity, manages to be something pretty decent. The truth is that neither the concept of a futuristic interspace race with ships, cars of the future, etc. is very original(cofcoff-zerocofcof), so the film loses much in this aspect. 6/10
The characters are walking cliches, but they are charismatic, interesting and arrive to sympathize with them. At the same time, these designs are very strange and peculiar, especially the "non-humans". 7/10
The Animation is to make it an altar to the Madhouse, is perfect and combined with that much of the film is energetic and veery crazy, aid to be film/anime series with the best animation I have ever seen. 10/10.
The music is one of the strongs points of the film, full of energetic electronic beats that stick very well with the energy and crazy that is the film. 10/10.
The voice acting is very good, each of the seiyuus brilliantly playing his characters, accompanied by many many cries that much in addition to energy, crazy and fun is this movie. 10/10
Finally, one of the best psychedelic trips that I have experienced, although with faults, 9/10. 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
Mar 8, 2013
Story:7/10 Average, not something for the plot. Its about intergalactic Racing deal with it.(all i can say is the disrespect).(NO SPOILERS IN MY REVIEWS, NOT EVEN A HINT. YOU'LL GET MORE FROM THE SITE SUMMERY THAN ILL EVERY GIVE)
Art:10/10 Hand drawn over 7 years, hands down the best art ive seen in anime thus far (but not art direction). Everything is frame by frame 30 fps, full movie quality with epic moves that send shivers down your spine.Ill say it again its, "eye Candy".
Sound:9/10: Its second Best part is the song, which seems to go in time with the animation so well it makes everything look cool. To describe the sound all I can say is UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ(look up Yellow line if you want).
Character 8/10: The Characters have virtually no development(its a 1 hour 42 min movie, what you expect?). Basically the characters are as they are presented. Yet, these Characters are so well drawn and unique that you cant help but to somewhat like them. Redline throws us a pot with a funky Universe and a dash of weird Aliens and Machines . That with stellar Character Design paves the way for the movie. Its this Varied Colorful cast of intergalactic racers that give the Characters 8/10
Personal Enjoyment:9/10 im a person for the plot so that hurt a little, but the Visuals and the epic moments just drew me in, Id recommend this to anyone, because almost anyone can like it. If you wanna spend a good 102 min well. Then look no further than Redline.
May 11, 2012
Firstly i love the animation which is a combination of what you'll see in dead leaves,invader zim and a barbie commercial.the sound is great and the characters are all interesting with none of them being anything close to normal.The weirdness of the characters is surpassed only by the competing cars themselves.If you think speed racers mach 5 is cool,wait till you check out these rides.The diologue is also great,a lot of funny insults and humour.A truely great peace of work and must see. read more
Aug 16, 2011
Redline’s story won’t raise any eyebrows. What will raise eyebrows is how it’s told. Redline doesn’t aim to woo the audience with its writing; however it does use its visuals to make the plot sincere and engaging. The plot is also pretty retro and it’s a callback to anime in the late 80s and 90s with its sci-fi setting and crazy character designs. This is reflected in every aspect of the movie, from its themes to romance and even the fanservice. This isn’t by sheer coincidence either, the old-school style is there to remind people of a time when anime was built solely on the sweat and tears of the animators and staff, when anime was just taking off and was a lot less commercial than it is now. Although Redline does nod its head to its predecessors, it never completely wallows in nostalgia either. It boldly stands on the shoulders of giants saluting the past yet painting the way forward for the medium, taking risks and daring steps forward. It may not amount to anything more than a pipe dream in the end but its stride is more than enough to inspire complete and utter glee from the audience.
The single most important factor and noticeable aspect of Redline is without a doubt its animation. Anybody can tell you that after watching 20 seconds of footage. So what exactly makes Redline’s animation so special? Well for one, it’s nearly animated entirely on 1s i.e about 24 drawings/frames every second. You don’t see this in many anime movies let alone TV anime, the animation itself is on the same level as Akira, Satoshi Kon flicks and Studio Ghibli movies. However unlike these movies, the animation is VERY stylized almost to the point where the subjects can look horrendously off-model but all of it has a point. The name of Redline’s game is speed, and that’s something it portrays very well, better than any live-action movie, better than any book and better than any video game. Redline is a revelation, it shows us why 2D animation isn’t obsolete compared to its 3D counterpart and most of all; it’s a towering triumph for animation as a form of storytelling. The animation tells the story in Redline, from the visceral car/mecha porn fights to the more subtle moments of romance and characterization. This movie doesn’t achieve all of this through exposition nor monologues and not even the cast. And yes, plenty of anime have done this before but Redline really drives home the power of animation and how it can be used to really enhance the experience. More importantly, could Redline be possible as a live action work? No, it only works in the medium it was created for. It’s not really possible to brush aside the visuals for this movie nor is it possible to say its all style and no substance. The style is the substance in this case; Redline is all about the visuals as a vehicle for storytelling and in that sense you can’t really talk about Redline’s story without also addressing the animation, mainly because they are so tightly knit together. There a certain art to delivering cheesy popcorn entertainment to the audience and Redline does it the same way many landmark works before did it, by showing the audience instead of telling them, by raw energy instead of robotic puppeteering. I can’t stress the importance of what Redline is trying to do and how it’s trying to do it. It’s a visionary piece of work that restates the strengths of 2D animation and plays exclusively to its tune. It’s uniformly the Akira of this generation in terms of influence it’ll propagate over the industry. The only real difference is the environment in which both movies were released and Redline comes at a time where its presence stands out all the stronger compared to all of its peers. The audio design is fantastic as well, the cars themselves on nitro often sound like jets, which really goes a long way into convincing the audience of the speed and momentum each vehicle has. The crashes and explosions are gratuitous and glorious and the soundtrack is techno. Not the hipster kind but the UNTZ kind, the music is tailor-made to pump up the audience and like the animation, is there to enhance the experience.
The technicalities of the animation are also very impressive. The movie was 7 years in production, 2-3 in pre-production (storyboards and planning) and 4 of actual animation. The amount of care and effort into this project is plainly obvious upon viewing the final product, the complexity of the storyboard, the rich and detailed animation and the energetic audio design. The staff involved is even more impressive, ranging from talent like Gainax’s own Hiroyuki Imashi, all the way to grizzled veterans like Shinya Ohira. The animation in this movie is a culmination of the evolution Japanese animation has undergone over the past few decades and the results are dazzling. This is juxtaposed thematically in the movie as well. In the beginning of the movie, we are told that only “fools” with vanishing spirit continue to race in cars, which is acknowledged as a dying sport because of all the superior technology out there. This is commentary on 2D animation in general and the racers are very much alike to the animators who work in a medium that is becoming less and less appreciated over time. If you want to take it a step further, Sonoshee, the heroine is a symbol of inspiration and chasing dreams while the hero JP is symbolic of the audience themselves, smitten with the wonders of racing (animation) as a youngster and forever chasing a dying ideal out of romanticism and passion. This movie isn’t “deep” by any stretch of the word but if it had a message, I’d say it was simply trying to inspire the audience, daring them to dream for so much more.
Redline isn’t really the product of a bygone era, but more like the product of its immediate surroundings. It can entertain on any level and really, it’s a wonder just to behold it as the visuals and sound completely and utterly assault your every senses while you sit in awe for an hour and forty minutes. Even if you don’t really appreciate animation all that much, you can still take away a lot of enjoyment from the movie because in the end its just one hell of a ride that really needs to be experienced by oneself.
Jun 10, 2012
Good story line, background information was provided on the main characters which allowed for me to relate/sympathize to the characters more. The main story follows the Redline tournament, but the little bit of romance between the characters added to the excitement and thrill of the race (plus you actually got to know a little bit bout the other competitors too)
The overall mix of fantasy, racing, creatures of all sorts, humour and large baby-like monster thingy made it a fun watch.
The art was clean and crisp. The building/planet designs and the range of cars was spectacular and the characters themselves were very interesting. It was especially refreshing to have that range of designs for all the characters from the creatures to the humanoids (i dunno what you call them) on roboworld. What I found particularly interesting was the fact that the artists/ director/ whoever weren't afraid to make the characters look the real thing - like when JP uses the hyper speed or whatever, they show that he is using and his facial features change with it, not keeping it pretty boy face (if you get what i'm saying) - like their not afraid to make the characters look ugly :P
Music/sound was great and fitted the story well.
Favourite was JP, but all characters were unique, funny and pretty interesting. Even with Frisbee being a bit of a 'sus' in the beginning your never really positioned to hate upon anyone of the characters - even the evil guys at Roboworld - can be viewed as a flaw but it definitely isn't.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I loved the racing, the romance (not over powering/ all of the story but enough to make it refreshing) the art and the overall plot of the story. One of my new favourites and a must see for all!
I rate it 10/10 :D read more
Apr 28, 2012
In terms of plot, Redline is quite simple focused mostly on JP's efforts in trying to win the Redline race and the militaristic robot armies of Roboworld trying to sabotage the race. It is mostly dependent in depicting Redline's manic races and over-the-top characters who are either trying to win the race or wipe out the racers thus feeling mostly stylish in its premise. Those who look more for style over substance in their anime movies will get a definite kick out of how crazy the racing and characters are in Redline while those wanting a bit more depth to their anime will find this movie to feel like a novelty. Sadly though, I have to go along with the latter opinion as Redline relies entirely on its gritty premise and presentation to hook in viewers and it doesn't have much else memorable for me to want to come back for more viewing.
While definitely a great visual treat and a decent manic romp while it lasts, I feel quite indifferent towards Redline as it oozes mostly in style and doesn't have any worthwhile substance to make me dive in for seconds with the movie. I guess your mileage will vary on whether or not the movie wows you more than my experience with it. read more