Lets not beat around the bush: FFVII:AC looks amazing. And on blu-ray, its gobsmacking, eye-popping, reference quality material.
What a shame then, that all this pixel perfection is wasted on such unfathomable, excerable pap.
I admire the japanese for their commitment to sophisticated entertainment, but this is just incomprehensible and, unlike say Akira or Tekkonkinkreet, just way to boring to make you want to try to figure it out. All the manga cliches are here: moody, androdgonous teens, impossible combat, ridiculously oversized (yet curiously ineffective) weapons, slo-mo, and dull, trite dialogue which just consists of agonizing over past and future events, and exposition that serves to confuse rather than clarify. The ludicrous final act is terrific eye candy, but don't expect to be excited: the characters fly, jump, fire energy bolts, chop through motorbikes and suvive falling buildings. Since no-one can be hurt, who cares why they are even fighting? new characters just appear as if they are supposed to means something, and...and.. oh, who gives a flying pixel.
Just pop this into your blu-ray player, give your HD TV a treat, then forget it. Your IQ will recover.