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Mass Effect Paragon Lost 2012

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(41) IMDb 5.9/10

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...

Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Atsushi Takeuchi
Starring Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier
Supporting actors Bruce Carey, Justin Cook, Terri Doty, Jason Douglas, Kara Edwards, Josh Grelle, Todd Haberkorn, Jerry Jewell, Jeff Johnson, Jamie Marchi, Vic Mignogna, Freddie Prinze Jr., Monica Rial, Jad Saxton, Patrick Seitz, Marc Swint, Eric Vale, Travis Willingham
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 Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 Matt Ward on 24 Dec. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a huge Mass Effect fan, I thought I would enjoy this movie. I was wrong. Buying this movie has been the biggest mistake of my life since I accidentally left the 'Send me promotional information' box ticked on a super market questionnaire. It might not seem like much, but it lowers your quality of life.

(Very mild spoilers)

This movie covers James Vega's adventures (or rather, one mission) set during the events of Mass Effect 2 whilst Shepard is off fighting the Collectors, and it doesn't fit into the story of the games whatsoever.

It was an interesting idea done very, very badly.

It's predictable, annoying and honestly, if someone told me the writer's had never heard of Mass Effect at all, it wouldn't surprise me.

The story is weak. The characters in Vega's squad are equally weak and can be reduced to sets buzzwords for their characters. Like 'Arrogant Guy', 'Beautiful But Tough Female' and of course, that die hard favourite, 'Geek With Glasses Who Is Eager To Impress'. Oh, of course I can't forget 'Love Interest Who Is Initially Cold To The Lead Character But Then Warms Up... For Reasons'.

The pre-established characters such as Alliance officials from the game and Vega himself seem oddly deflated. The patter between them is stiff, unnatural and inconsequential. I'd like to say that thankfully, at least they got Freddy Prince Jr. back to voice Vega, but he seems about as impressed with the movie as I am.

The character of Vega in ME: Paragon Lost is distorted. He sounds like Vega, he—well, he doesn't talk like Vega, doesn't act like Vega and looks nothing like Vega.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. A. Alavi on 9 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
I have never played Mass Effect. I am reviewing this simply as an anime fan. I loved this movie. The animation was good the story and action was amazing. Something that a lot of anime movies do not tend to spend time on is the character development I am glad this one did take the time and effort to put it in. I Like movies that do not shy away from the hard choices and brutality of war.

A group of space marines are sent to stop a heavily armored giant Shark type species attacking a farming colony. Out of 3 squads sent only one survives and defeats the enemy. Stationed as the colony's protectors 2 years pass. Now faced with an even more dangerous enemy the marines must fight to survive but also make a horrible judgment call as well.

I read other reviews that are comparing or filling in the blanks between the games. As I say I have not idea how effective this is in that respect, but if you are looking for a good action anime this is one of the best I have seen this year.
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