There are tons of new animated films that come out all the time, but most of them are geared towards the younger audience. Ever so often there is one that comes along that hits on the older audience like Heavenly Sword based on the popular Playstation game. The film features a decent voice cast including Ana Torv, Thomas Jane, and Alfred Molina, but does it manage to bring anything new to the table and capture the essence of the game to bring it to life?
Heavenly Sword follows a fiery red-haired heroine, who embarks on a quest for vengeance against the invading King and his army. Once considered the failure of a legendary prophecy, she must wield a sword that was ultimately meant for another. This ancient Heavenly Sword, once belonging to a powerful deity and can never be wielded by a mortal without it slowly and inevitably killing them. Now it is a race against time to avenge her clan before her life is irreparably overtaken by the omnipotent Heavenly Sword. This film had real potential and while it does have a few cool moments as a whole it just falls flat. The story isn’t all that compelling and while there is a good movie in there somewhere it just never is able to get out of its own mess. The animation works some closer to the end, but for the most part they stuck so close to just straight game animation that none of the characters ever have any real personality or express anything that it is hard to really buy into them.
Fans of the game may still enjoy this film as they are invested in this world, but as a whole it just felt like a missed opportunity to bring something really cool to life. This was clearly made for those people and is likely to be the biggest audience for it, so if you are a fan of the game then check it out and decide for yourself when the film hits stores on September 2nd.