In Sin, Blade must unravel a series of mysterious kidnappings. As he delves into the city's merciless underworld, an elaborate mystery unfold; at is heart, the SinTEK corporation and its leader, the ruthless and beautiful Elexis Sinclair. A Brilliant biochemist, Sinclair will stop at nothing to achieve her goal: a plan that could force the next step of human evolution-or spell doom for mankind.
I'm not going to waste any time with this review. If you are thinking of watching this movie, don't. It might be free on multiple video streaming sites but you won't be able to replace the wasted hour of your life. You might think that I'm overreacting but I can't think of any worse way to spend your time. The movie is based on some 90's shooter that I'd never heard of. Since Sin: The Movie is based on a video game, it's not a big surprise that the plot is totally weak. It had something to do with people getting turned into zombie-mutants and
then the protagonists had to storm the antagonist's base to save some girl. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see in a Saturday morning kids' cartoon. In fact, I might recommend it for young boys if it weren't for all the graphic violence. I generally don't have a problem with violence (considering I'm a big Fist of the North Star fan) but this would have made a decent kids' show if it wasn't for all the gore. You may not be convinced that this show is TOTALLY bad. Not until I tell you how atrocious the animation is. I know Sin was made about a decade ago so they were still working out the kinks of digital animation but that doesn't change the fact that this movie looks really bad. The term "limited animation" was created for this cartoon. There are even shots that are pixelated. I summed things up best at the beginning of this review; this is just a bad cartoon, don't even waste your time on it.
Sin was a fun game, IMO. Even this movie might have made a playable game, if an intensely generic one. But it wasn't a game – it was a movie, and a bad one. From the very start canon is thrown right out the window, closely followed by the splattered brains of the protagonist's fan-beloved partner and friend, JC. If you think that was a spoiler, you're right – it pretty much spoils the entire movie by turning it into a body-horror splatterhouse with an unspeakably awkward sexual tension twist as JC's where-the-hell-did-she-come-from sister, also named
JC, joins forces with the guy who killed her brother essentially to act as a living decoration. This flinchworthy cliche-hugging 'edgy' weirdness is the only memorable thing about the entire movie. If you like the game Sin, don't watch this movie. If you like movies, don't watch this movie. If you like Sin: The Movie, don't watch this movie. This is blatantly the exploitation of an almost-successful franchise by someone who saw a cool-looking character on a game box, skim-read the back, bought a license to the property, and fed it to a bunch of hacks.
Based on a video game I have never played or seen up to this day, Sin: The Movie is an action oriented anime that continues to provide the perfect reasons on why a majority of video games should never make it to film. Movies like these are almost always atrocious, and Sin isn't very far from the very definition. The only things working in favor of this nightmare are the violence and soundtrack; everything else is pretty much a hot mess with the characters, story, and plot all leading the charge.
I don't know, but there's just something about a man taking a knife straight
through the head that is so cool to watch. Especially, when his eyeball goes crooked, and the killer continues to stab his dead body. One thing is for sure, anime newbies and gorehounds will be impressed with the graphic violence found in Sin. The animation is fairly good exploiting the murder and mayhem. There's a pretty good amount of detail when showcasing the severed spines, and heads being stepped on into oblivion crushing everything, with even the teeth breaking out of place. Unfortunately, this amount of detail is lost in other areas. People step out of pools, and they're bone dry in about half a second with no drips whatsoever. To include, the CG looks really flat, and really doesn't mesh well with the animation a majority of the time. The character designs for the monsters are alright at best but nothing mind blowing. I would go so far to say that they're on the creative level of the original Guyver or even Arc the Lad, take that any way you want.
The high tempo soundtrack is just right for this type of movie, and it works well with the pacing and action. As bad as the movie may be, it moves by pretty quick. I really didn't care for the voice acting, because everyone seemed as if they were trying too hard to fill their roles.
The problems are in the movies development from start to finish. The characters are bland stereotypes with little to no personality at all; hero cop, wise cracking cop, evil genius, etc. The story and by the numbers plot is extremely cliché and cheesy beyond belief as well; from the revealing of the "secret weapon", to the dialogue concerning revenge and world domination. It even has the spectacular explosion to cap off the ending. There was no real creativity to speak of with this movie, and the final act plays exactly like a video game, with the hero shooting his way through different levels, climbing ladders, meeting a sub boss, and battling the end boss. If John Blade happened to die at any point, and the "continue" count down showed up, I wouldn't have been the least bit surprised. Also, lets not forget the cheap drama and shower scene that holds no meaning other than fan service. In addition to the done to death government conspiracies featuring cover-ups which are nothing more than desperate attempts to land some type of substance in an overall bland action flick. It feels embarrassing to sit through this.
Sin is definitely something that should be skipped, whether you're a die hard action fan or not. There is nothing remarkable about it, and if you do find yourself curious on checking it out. Then it should probably be after you seen just about everything else.
Highs: Pacing and music score, some of the violence
Lows: Walking bag of been there done that and done much better. Poor story, plot, etc.
Pretty good action and violence. Story is interesting and they manage to make you care about these characters, even though it's a short OVA. Premise for plot os almost typical of some cyberpunk animes, although I don't think I would consider this one. Villians are well drawn and not the generic type found in Devil May Cry or Guyver. Animation and sound are big movie type quality. Rewatchability is good too due to good action and short run time. You can find it cheap and easy on dvd.
In the early-mid 2000s, US licensing companies were involved in numerous anime Production Committees. It didn't go so well for them. This year, several US licensors are trying their luck on Production Committees again. Will it go better this time?