Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Chris0
First Squad (2009)
OK, Nazi occultists are trying to resurrect some ancient Germanic wizard and its up to the Russian um, super psychic squad to stop them. Or something. And all but one of them are already dead. What?
Usually I like this sort of thing. Raiders of the Lost Ark (AND The Last Crusade!) were pretty damned, well, awesome, and I've played the crap out of Return to Castle Wolfenstein....
...but this. No. Just didn't feel it. Maybe its because I'm just not a big anime fan. This was a joint Russian and Japanese production, so it had that stereotypical anime look and feel to it. Nothing wrong with that, but it just doesn't do it for me.
Not to mention the story was just plain flat and silly, and was over way too quick. It was like "um, that's the ending? really? ran out of money did we?"
I don't know what else to say about it. I watched it with the original Russian dialog, subtitled, thinking it might be a better experience (usually this is true) but it still felt like I was watching a half-ass dubbed barely-animated cartoon with a paper thin plot.
So, no, I didn't much like it. Unless you are a die hard anime fan or are morbidly curious, just steer clear of First Squad.
First Squad [Blu-ray]
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Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast is a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
Manufacturer: ANCHOR BAY
Original Release Date:
- Elena Chebaturkina
- Cassandra Lee Morris
- Factory sealed DVD
Summary: Nazi occultists are trying to resurrect some ancient Germanic wizard and its up to the Russian um, super psychic squad to stop them. Or something. And all but one of them are already dead. What?