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Mass Effect Paragon Lost 2012

3.5 out of 5 stars (44) 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...

Starring:
Laura Bailey, John Burgmeier
Runtime:
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
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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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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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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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