Mass Effect Paragon Lost 2012

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(29) IMDb 5.8/10
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Animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series and directed by Atsushi Takeuchi. Acting as a prequel to the lastest game in the franchise, 'Mass Effect 3', the film follows Alliance Marine James Vega as he heads a battle against a breed of aliens known as The Collectors. While fighting this new threat, Vega and his team of elite special forces must protect the surviving human colonis...

Starring:
Vic Mignogna, Travis Willingham
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

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Mass Effect Paragon Lost

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Genres Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Atsushi Takeuchi
Starring Vic Mignogna, Travis Willingham
Supporting actors Todd Haberkorn, Jason Douglas, Eric Vale
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ergates on 10 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
On the surface, any decisions about whether or not to watch Paragon Lost would seem to be a no-brainer for any fan of the Mass Effect franchise, or indeed for anybody who has invested in it's lore, universe, story arc and characters. The anime-style production fills in some of the gaps between both Mass Effect-Mass Effect 2, and also between Mass-Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, fleshing out the story of James Vega (one of the crew-mates in Mass Effect 3) and his mission to save a colony threatened by the nefarious Collectors. Indeed this mission and it's repercussions form part of Mass Effect 3's official cannon, and are mentioned by Vega himself during various in-game conversations. Watching the anime seems like a good method of filling in the blanks - or so you'd think.

Before you go ahead though, be warned; accepting any of the 'canon' events told within Paragon Lost at face value requires some serious mind shuffling on the part of the viewer. We're forced to accept a great many things that do not necessarily work for the betterment of the story arc. If you're prepared for this, go ahead... otherwise it's very much a case of buyer beware!

Most of the (to my mind, somewhat petty) initial criticism from fans of the series tend to focus upon the production's minor details. The Citadel orbiting a planet,(apparently representing the center of human governance), pistols that fire like an assault rifle, biotic abilities requiring batteries - the list goes on. I'm inclined to forgive this kind of thing, placing it firmly within the realm of 'window dressing'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Harrin on 15 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Mass Effect Paragon lost is set about the time of the end of Mass Effect 1 and mid-way through Mass Effect 2 my reckoning... At the time of writing this review I have played Mass Effect 1 & 2 so have yet to play ME3 which actually features James Vega, the main character in Mass Effect: Paragon lost and a main team member in ME3. It was quite nice that they got Freddie James Prinze, Jr to reprise his role in the DVD as he did the game.

The animation is reasonably good with glimpses of the shuttles from ME 2 and some of the weapons that you have. A large majority of the aliens appear in this DVD as well as Biotic users so it does stay true to the Mass Effect universe.

There are a few little niggles that I have about the plot but that is to be expected isn't it? The Collectors have all of a sudden grown in size and tower over everyone, in some cases being twice as tall as humans. The weapons they use seem to look shotguns that fire like the machine guns...

The special features are ok; however one of the items gives a behind the scenes look at the BioWare studios. However for some reason they focus on the Dead Space game... they do through character design and how they make the sets of the video game. I would have much preferred a behind the scenes look at BioWare, but focusing on the Mass Effect games. Due to the fact that it is a Mass Effect DVD... It just makes more sense...

**Possible plot spoiler ahead - Beware**

A nice little touch was at the end of the movie, much like in the games, is that the Character James Vega has to make a choice about who to save. I thought that was a nice touch as you have to make those kinds of decisions in the game.

Overall it was a reasonably good buy, and at less than 5 isn't that bad a price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stahlhacke on 22 April 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This was the pits and reads like it was written by someone who's knowledge of Mass Effect was gleaned from a 15-minute powerpoint presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 2 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As others have mentioned this is set some time between the events of Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2, focusing on events referenced by James Vega in Mass Effect 3. It probably helps if you know something about the games and the ME Universe (I was providing "yak track" info to my wife throughout) but the story stands up quite well on its own too.

The movie cracks along at a good pace, never really sags and there are a few twists and surprises. The last 20 minutes will almost certainly bring a tear to your eye as you feel for Vega and the decision he has to make along with the aftermath.

Criticisms - only a few minor ones. The production could probably have benefitted from slightly more sophisticated animation. In places it looked inferior to cut scenes or gameplay footage from the games, maybe anime style would have been better replaced by the style used in Beowulf, for example. As others have noted, the tech was changed around slightly - in the games there are very few beam weapons but here the majority of those used by the Alliance were of this type. The Asari looked quite good but the Krogan visualisation was off a few degrees.

Sound is excellent - Dolby True HD on the Blu-ray and is backed by a haunting music score.

In short, well worth a purchase particularly if you are a ME fan and want to learn more about the wider events surrounding the games.

Let's hope this is followed up with a live action movie, some day.
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