Okay, last review for the night, i promise. Haha

You ever watch something that just completely knocks your socks off? Yeah, that’s Redline in a nutshell. It’s fast, it’s furious, and it’s actually pretty kinky at times, which is an absolutely great mix.

The Story

In a galaxy far, far into the future, people still love racing as is their life depended on it. Except now the cars hover and have guns. And the galaxies biggest race, Redline, is on the horizon, and our boy Sweet JP is gunning for the gold in his Trans-Am 2000, the only car that doesn’t have guns.

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This film is like Death Race meets Speed Racer. It’s wacky, fun, yet deadly. And the intense racing action never ceases to make my skin crawl. The story itself is actually pretty thread bare, and many of the characters get summarized backstories in order to fit into the films hour and a half runtime. It’s a shame that there will never be a sequel or a TV adaptation that expands the plot.

If I have a single gripe with this film, it’s that whoever wrote the script for the dub completely screwed up Machinehead Tetsujin. Slight Spoiler Warning: Towards the end of the film, JP and Sonoshee catch up to Machinehead in the home stretch and they both pop a steamlight cap into their machines to give them that final epic burst of speed. In this scene, in Japanese, Tetsujin acts like something of a mentor to JP. His words are like those of a master telling his student to push himself to the limit if he wants to win and that this is the challenge he’s been waiting for. But in the English dub, Tetsujin becomes a straight up ass in this scene, putting JP down and practically yelling at the top of his lungs that JP can’t win and that he doesn’t deserve to win because Machinehead is the champion. That change in characterization really bugs me. The dub itself is perfection, but that was just a kick in the face to me.

The Art

Redline was produced by Studio Madhouse and directed by Takeshi Koike. I don’t know if you’ll believe me when I saw this, but this entire film was made by hand. Not a single scrap of CG was used in the making of this film. They went old school because they believed that CG cars just wouldn’t do this racing film justice. And I honestly believe they right. Initial D has its charm, but the races have nothing on this movie. Redline is an artistic masterpiece.

The Sound

The soundtrack, my god the soundtrack! It gets me so pumped! This soundtrack is single-handedly responsible for giving me all the goosebumps because its high octane, adrenaline pumping bombastic music. That probably sounded redundant, but it’s the only way I can describe the music. The sound effects are also top notch right down to the smoldering remains of a totalled vehicle.

The Verdict

Watching Redline feels like being hopped up on tons of sugar and bouncing off all of the walls. If you play this movie with the volume at full and using a surround sound system, prepare for everything to shake itself off your shelves. Even with my stereo television stuff was still shaking. And when the movie was over I felt like my hair had been windblasted. I couldn’t even move. Sure, the story itself isn’t really any special, but it doesn’t need to be because this is all about the racing and a love of fast cars. If you need a movie to kill some time and give you a good rush, Redline is your huckleberry.

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