Size: 17.0 MB
In JDR Revolutions, three teenagers, Jeffrey, Daniel and Rory, went on a quest to eliminate the evil clan known as Perfect Prime. During the heroic battle against them, Rory and Jeffrey were killed before victory was assured; only Daniel remained. Now, in JDR Revival, Daniel (better known as Dominant Dan) takes rest after the struggle against Perfect Prime. Until recently, there have been traces of his rival known as Boundless Ben, and some say he is alive once more to seek vengeance on not only Dominant Dan, but all of Earth itself. Dan, soon after hearing about this, decides to embark on a search for Ben, while trying to keep the Earth safe from whatever damage will soon be inflicted. Will he stand amongst victory, or will he stand amongst doom? Only time will tell. From the guy who brought you JDR Revolutions straight out of left field, get ready for JDR Revival: one of the biggest (yeah, check out the file size, dude) movies of the summer and definitely a classic for the ages. Highly, highly recommended... after you've watched JDR Revolutions, of course.
After getting floored by the randomly wonderful storyline of JDR Revolutions, I really had no idea what to expect when I loaded up this movie. There was all sorts of hype and flame surrounding the movie, so I tried to remove myself from the debate and just enjoy it for whatever it was. I must admit, I was a bit confused as to what the heck was supposed to be going on at the beginning; for a moment, I feared the flames were true and the movie lacked a central plot. As soon as the movie began to pick up speed, though, I was delighted to see that yes, it most certainly had the makings of a wonderful story. If you're looking for random plot twists, you'll get about a bajillion of them in JDR Revival. Even the most mundane things in the movie have relevance to the underlying plot... in a very subtle way. And then just when you think it's over, you realize you're only on scene 443 of 720 (!) and that there's GOT to be more movie coming. Once JDR's story gets going, it doesn't let you off until the very end, which is still a good 40 minutes away or so. Whew!
One of the most wonderful things I thought JDR Revolutions posessed was a uniqueness and creativity that came from the director's non-involvement with the 3DMM Community. Certain things are almost EXPECTED in movies when you're part of the Community; therefore, JDR Revolutions was a very welcome breath of fresh air. After Dan got involved in the Community, though, I was unsure whether or not Revival could possibly exhibit that same level of uniqueness. In a way, it did and it didn't. On one hand, it's still got all sorts of out-of-nowhere ideas that will make you go "Ehh, mon, ehh?!?" On the other hand, the movie itself is integrated into the Community quite a bit, thus losing its "one step removed" feel. However, I honestly think this works to the film's advantage. Dan did a very good job of extracting several of the Community's inside jokes and flawlessly inserting them into Revival in a way that actually made sense and made for a very entertaining, unique film. On first viewing you may still think a lot of things are rather cliche. However, watch it again and everything will kind of click (it did for me) and you'll appreciate the creativity that went into the film.
Well, what do you expect: the movie is almost 50 megs, for crying out loud! And I thought Final Fantasy... the Ultimate Epic was big at 40 megs! Revival has got something a lot of other movies don't have: fluidity. As random as the scenes are sometimes and as quickly as they change (and as many as there are... meep), they all roll into each other amazingly well. Dialogue, music, and actions aren't confined to one area; they slide around the 3DMM universe very professionally, breaking stride only when the possiblity of a comedic interlude presents itself. Revival also has that very desirable quality of "a movie that had a LOT of time put into it." While I can't say all of the scenery was built quite as well as in some other movies (not many, though), you've got to make some sacrifices when the camera is moving around at about mach 6. Don't get me wrong, though: there are very few places in this movie where you'll find scenes that are downright dull. Some at the beginning are a little lifeless, but painful to watch definitely not. And that's an important thing to keep in mind. Scenes need not always look whiz-bang fantastic; they need to be functional, useful, and entertaining.
Visual Appearance: *****
After reading what I just wrote for Construction you may be led to believe that JDR Revival is somehow lacking in its visual quality. If you thought that, heh, I guess I did a better job at erroneously downplaying its graphical mastery than I thought. With almost non-stop, rapid-fire, screen-flashin', CPU-bashin' visuals flying in front of your nose throughout the entire film, by the time it's finally over you may wonder if you strained your pupils by watching it or something. I got so used to the persistent scene-flashes and cross-hatching of textures that in one small segment when cross-hatching was NOT used, I kind of had to do a double-take to make sure my eyes hadn't just blurred everything together. That one scene is possibly the only visual flaw I could really raise a stink about in this movie... but I'm not one to bash a great movie for its one or two insignificant shortcomings. The bottom line is that, no matter how much people downplay graphics in movies, video games, whatever, they usually ARE vital components in an entertaining movie that is built well. Take out the constant explosions and whizzing lines in Revival and it loses part of its charm. Does that mean it is relying on graphics as a crutch to keep it afloat? Heck no. Take the storyline out of your favorite 3DMM movie that people say is "constructed very well" and does that movie fall apart completely? Likely not, because the other aspects of a good movie keep it together. I'm not sure why I decided to rant about all this here, actually. Bottom line (again): Revival looks schweeeeet.
Finally! A movie that effectively uses a good deal of music from one of my favorite websites,
OverClocked ReMix! Not that it's getting a 5 in Audio because of that, but it certainly earns it a truckload of brownie points from me. As is the case with any movie, though, just HAVING good music does not in any way mean it's going to help to improve the movie. Quite the contrary: even the best music can totally ruin a movie if not implemented correctly. However, as you have probably already guessed (since I often bring up this same point in just about all movies with great audio), Revival does a dazzling job at getting the music to fit with the movie perfectly. You've got silly, bubbly ditties when silly things are happening and tense, heart-pounding thrillers when tense things are happening. Throw in some very good voice-acting (which, oddly, doesn't quite match the captions all the time... perhaps that's something that could be fixed in JDR3?), fold with a zillion sound effects, spread on a platter and cook for 45 minutes and you've got yourself one heck of an audio experience. Great job.
Fun to Watch: *****
Sadly, JDR Revival did a good job at raising a big stink about what a "perfect" rating was. I'm not going to complain about what everyone said, but I would like to throw in my two cents. As far as I am concerned, if you think that somebody can ever make a "perfect movie" then you're out of your head. Not only do you have no right to say what perfection is, but you'll be spending all your time looking for stupid little things to complain about and not enjoy the movie at all. JDR Revival gets a 30/30 on Dragon Films not because I think it's the most perfect movie ever made in 3DMM, but because it met (and often exceeded) my expectations of what a "great 3DMM movie" should be. I don't have low standards, and I don't pretend that my words can move mountains. What I do know is that I had an absolutely wonderful time watching this movie, and I must say watching it again only made it better. It's funny, witty, suspenseful, confusing, thrilling, even a little unexpected at times (okay, VERY unexpected at times)... it's one heck of an entertaining flick that I wouldn't mind putting up there on my mental list of "Best 3DMM Movies I've Ever Seen." Many, many congratulations, Dan, on your wonderful job with Revival; you've made a movie that, despite its long run time, is something one could watch time and again and have just as much fun each time. I'm just sorry I couldn't get the review done sooner. ;)