First reaction..."It was good, but not great."
However, I do believe that I enjoyed this film a little bit more than the live-action movie (Click Here for that review).
Ok so for those that have no idea what Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D is here's the trailer to give you a little taste...
Several years ago an entire class disappeared from Mishima Polytechnical School; where they went and what happened to them no one is quite sure. However one student named Shin has resurfaced, and now Jin and Kazuya are in a race to retrieve him.
To help locate and gain Shin's trust, Jin has Nina Williams send in Alisa; while Kazuya has his right-hand "man" Anna Williams force Ling Xiaoyu into assisting them.
Ling and Alisa end up becoming friends, just believing that they are competing for Shin's love.
But when Shin is mysteriously kidnapped, that friendship dissipates momentarily and Ling and Alisa will battle each other after they realize they are actually spies for Jin and Kazuya respectively.
There are actually fewer characters appearing in this movie than the live action one, but for the most part the most important characters of Tekken are represented; Jin, Kazuya, Heihachi, Nina, and Anna.
The actual lead characters for this film though are fighters that didn't appear in the games until Tekken 3 (Ling) and Tekken 6 (Alisa).
Of course again I say it would be nice to see a movie that featured KING and PAUL PHOENIX!!!
Being that this movie was completely done in CGI, we got to see all the fantastic moves and combos that we see on a regular basis from the video game franchise.
This movie is also missing one thing that you would think had to be in a movie based off a fighting game...there is no tournament! The removal of a tournament from the film was planned all along though, Namco was hoping to put more substance and more emotion into characters and they believed that was best accomplished without a tournament.
DID I MISS SOMETHING???
So mentioned in the synopsis was the fact that Jin was hunting down Shin, but yet there is a scene with Shin in the shower, and Ling and Alisa are watching him through the door. After they run off, Shin turns around and walks into Jin who says "You're playing them off one another, good."
Well it seems to be Jin anyways. In the shot all we get to see are Shin's bare legs and another pair of legs in jeans and boots. But the voice sounds like Jin's.
So if Jin is with Shin in the shower (yes that's weird) then why are they so shocked to see each other later in the film just before the final showdown?
Unless I was supposed to believe that that was Heihachi, which makes a little bit more sense but not a lot since Shin wanted to kill Heihachi for what he had done to him.
Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D was not bad in the end. The story was good; there was a good mix of humor and action throughout, and the most important thing, the writers kept to the characters' storylines and characteristics that were already in place.
Were there cheesy moments? Yes. Were there times when you wanted to smack Ling and Alisa for being over emotional teen girls? Yes. Did you enjoy watching Panda fly? Heck YEAH!
If you missed the opportunity to see Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D in theaters on July 26, 2011, then the only thing we can suggest is to pickup a copy of Tekken: Hybrid when it comes out. Tekken: Hybrid will not only feature the movie but the newly redone in HD Tekken Tag Tournament 1.
For those that caught the film, what did you think?