This film is beautiful. I mean it. It's a grand achievement in animation and in filmmaking, period. In the distant future where anti-gravity is the norm some fools still have a passion for wheels, and today, in our modern world of computer animation, some crazy motherfuckers still love the artform enough to spend seven long years drawing Speed Racer from hell. Glorious.
Certainly a case of style over substance, but "Redline" has style to spare, and charming, likable characters to boot. The bookending race sequences, a bizarre and compelling Terry Gilliam-Mad Max-Podrace hybrid, absolutely thrill. Unfortunately, they sandwich not-so-subtle and even less exciting bouts of exposition.
A shot in the arm for anime, taking a simple concept (racing) and, through seven years of hard work, creating an exhilarating blast of imagination and charm. In a area of culture, anime, which can be incredibly lazy and off-putting even for anime fans, this is an incredible piece of pop-art.
Much like "Attack the Block," this is a pretty decent film that the internet community has latched onto and hyped way out of proportion. The animation is certainly stunning and psychedelic but what is it in service of? The characters and story are thin, and the creators engage in the same extreme female objectification as the anime that "Redline's" fans rail against. A visual feast on blu-ray but not much else.
Mix together four parts "Wacky Races," four parts "F-Zero," two parts manic Madhouse animation and one part 50s greaser cool. Add sugar to taste. Then add more sugar. Then add a 24-ounce can of Red Bull or two while you're at it. Add food colouring liberally. Bake for 102 minutes and enjoy.
Wacky Races meets Death Race? Yeah, I'll go with that except it's on steroids and Japanese animation! If you don't find anything interesting about racing then don't worry it's anime, your in good hands also with a 7 year production that Madhouse Studio drawing up the animation fast enough that your brain physically can't keep up and a dance track that makes you compulsorily bob your head and want to drive really fast