Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children Movie Review

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Introduction

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a movie sequel to the game Final Fantasy VII. If you are unfamiliar with FFVII, buy it off of Ebay and spend the twenty hours it takes to beat it. You will be hopelessly lost without the background, and believe me; the movie is well worth the time.

FFVII for the PS1 was a revolutionary game. Although the character models were blocky with spiky hair, the game possessed a story and depth not present in other games at the time. If you ask any Final Fantasy fan what their favorite FF game is, you can bet seven is high on the list.

The CG scenes were fantastic, and Sephiroth was really a bad-ass you could be afraid of. Players could firmly believe he was capable of destroying the planet. Also, the characters were believable and the game was actually fun to play. The soundtrack from FFVII has been sought after by musicians everywhere, and if you mention “One Winged Angel” most FFVII geeks immediately start blabbing about the enormity of the final battle.

On top of all of this, the exploration factor in FFVII is phenomenal and has countless walkthroughs dedicated to finding that one special materia. This game has left a deep impression on its fans and with the arrival of Advent Children many gamer’s dreams have come true.

Advent Children takes place approximately two years after the events of the game. Marlene, Barret’s daughter, narrates the opening scene that serves to catch viewers up to the current time. Flashbacks from the game are in abundance here. We learn that a deadly disease named “Geostigma” is wreaking havoc on the populace. It is a disease believed to have occurred as a result of the body fighting off foreign material from the lifestream.

Cloud has become a recluse while managing his own business “Strife’s Delivery Service” which is located in Tifa’s bar. Tifa’s bar also serves as an orphanage for children struck with Geostigma. Barret’s six-year-old daughter Marlene also resides here while Barret searches the world for a alternative to Mako. One day, Cloud receives a phone call from Rufus Shinra, the president of Shinra Inc.


Rufus begs Cloud to protect him from Kadaj, a wacko looking for his “mother”. Kadaj and his two brothers, Loz and Yazoo, believe that Cloud and Rufus hold the key to finding their “mother”. Cloud and his group of friends must protect the ruins of Midgar, themselves, the orphans, and the “mother” from Kadaj and his cronies.

Title Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children
Rating PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action violence.
Runtime 101 minutes (1 hour 41 minutes)
Release Date April 25, 2006
Director Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue (co-director)
Sound English Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitle English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai
Extra Features Sneak peak of upcoming Final Fantasy games, “The Distance”: Making of Featurette, “Reminiscence of Finaly Fantasy VII” Featurette, Trailers