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The “Final Fantasy” series is one of the greatest franchises in the (admittedly brief) history of videogames, a saga of non-continuous roleplaying games which — despite its title — shows no signs of stopping or slowing down. Some of the most immersive and well-realized adventures of their kind, these blockbuster entertainments are known for creating dynamic new worlds for players to explore and invariably save.
But moviegoers, especially those who haven’t devoted hours of hours to the videogames, may have much less warm feelings towards the property. Despite standing out on the strength of its characters and storytelling, both previous attempts to stretch the brand to the big screen have been misfires — one merely bad, the other disastrous.
Released in the summer of 2001, the supposedly photorealistic 2001’s “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” was »
- David Ehrlich
Sony Pictures and Square Enix revealed the official E3 trailer for their upcoming CG video game adaptation, “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy Xv.”
The action film has an incredible voice cast and stars Aaron Paul voicing the character of Nyx, Lena Headey as Luna, the princess who is entrusted to deliver a royal ring to Prince Noctis, and Sean Bean as Regis, the King of Lucis.
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Lucis is a magical kingdom and home to the scared crystal, which the evil empire Niflheim is determined to steal. When the enemy is on the hunt for the prized possession, King Regis commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kinsglaive to fight and protect it. But the enemy’s army is strong and to save his kingdom King Regis must decide if he is to accept an ultimatum: cede all lands outside the crown city, and see his son, Prince Noctis, wed to Lady Lunafreya, the former princess of Tenebrae now captive of Niflheim.
This is the third film in the “Final Fantasy” franchise. The first was 2001’s “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” and the second “ Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children” came out in 2005.
“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy Xv” will be released in select theaters on August 19 and digitally worldwide before the video game launches on September 30.
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Some brilliant scores accompany movies that don't always deserve them. Here are 25 examples...
Can a film soundtrack rescue a movie that is otherwise a lost cause? One thing’s for sure: throughout the history of cinema, music has often been the redeeming feature of many an underwhelming movie. Here are 25 amazing film scores composed for films that, frankly, didn’t deserve them.
This somnambulistic three hour romantic drama should really feature an extra screen credit for star Brad Pitt’s fetishised blonde locks. Rising way above the torpid melodrama of the plot is one of Thomas Newman’s most hauntingly melodic and attractive scores, one that leaves his characteristic quirkiness at the door to paint a portrait of death that is both melancholy and hopeful. The spectacular 10-minute finale That Next Place remains one of Newman’s towering musical achievements.
You might have noticed but Hollywood still really hasn.t mastered the art of the video game adaptation. In fact the most popular of this genre is 2001.s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which still only has 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But, Hollywood is now a mission to solve this problem, and one particular studio has hired a formidable name to help them in their quest. Activision Blizzard has announced Stacey Sher as co-president of their new film and television studio, which has been placed in control of developing programs and movies that are based on video game franchises. From now on, they want them to actually be profitable and watchable. As the above Rotten Tomatoes fact proves, this will be no easy task. But with Sher onboard the likelihood of this happening has increased tenfold, as she has an extensive cinematic past, which has seen her work wonders alongside »
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