Red vs. Blue: Revelation
To be quite honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from this film. Yes, I am a fan and avid player of Halo, the video game on which this film is based, but we all know what can happen when something is translated across media lines. Unfortunately, when it was all said and done, Red vs. Blue: Revelation was the latest adaptation casualty, rocking me slowly to sleep as it drug its feet and cautiously made its way to the end.
If you have never played Halo or witnessed a television episode of ‘Red vs. Blue’ then you would likely find yourself totally lost in this film. The storyline is basic, as former alliances are betrayed and friends become enemies, but it becomes muddled to the untrained eye. The Reds and Blues find themselves in an impossible predicament: in order to save the universe they cannot be totally incompetent. While on the run the two teams must find a way to put aside their differences and uncover the mystery behind Project Freelancer once and for all. If you’re lost, don’t be disappointed. Like I said, this movie is not for the casual fan.
It’s quite obvious that the storyline is supposed to be amusing. I will credit the writers for making an occasional joke; however, for the most part, the film lacks any wit. Instead of humor we get long-winded dialogue and lackluster entertainment. In an effort to not be entirely negative I will commend the animators for the occasionally ‘cool’ action scene; however, even those weren’t enough to save this movie from its destined spot in the Day After Thanksgiving ‘bargain bin’ at your local Wal-Mart.
If you chose to ignore my advice and see this film be prepared to spend close to 90 minutes pondering that decision. I personally would rather play the game for that time, at least then I’d have something to keep me from nodding off.