Back in the construction site, Kadaj attempts to kill Rufus with his Materia, but apparently hasn’t learned that Rufus is explosion proof. Rufus deliberately drops out the side of the building and starts shooting Kadaj for good measure. Kadaj doesn’t care and drops past Rufus, trying to seize his “mother.” We switch camera angles and discover that Yazoo, Loz and the Turks are improbably having their fight just below the building. We then return to the fall to reveal that Rufus takes one more shot at Kadaj, but appears to miss and instead hits the case (you could also argue that this was deliberate, it’s hard to say). Naturally, this commotion attracts the attention of the Turks and the goons. Kadaj manages to secure the damaged box and hits the ground safely, while to everyone’s surprise, two nets shoot out to catch Rufus: it seems that Elena and Tseng are alive after all, and have just been waiting for their moment! Don’t get too excited, though: they have nothing else to do in the film, and sadly don’t even appear in Dirge of Cerberus, essentially vanishing after this quick, twist cameo – though their roles were mildly extended in the Advent Children Complete cut. (more…)
In the next scene, Cloud returns to the Sector 5 church and finds Tifa unconscious. Tifa recovers briefly, long enough to tell Cloud about Marlene. This seems to trigger a response from Cloud’s stigma, which has it weeping black liquid for the first and only time in the film. The liquid falls on Aerith’s flowers below, and suddenly both Cloud and Tifa fall abruptly asleep in the flowers in a dream-like sequence, the wolf from earlier looking over them.
Cloud wakes up later in a bedroom, with Tifa on a nearby bed. Apparently this is Tifa and Cloud’s home above 7th Heaven, and they were brought there by the Reno and Rude, who report that both Denzel and Marlene have vanished. Cloud does not reply. (more…)
Advent Children: the first Final Fantasy film that didn’t implode the company and force it to be consumed by its biggest rival. A dubious compliment, to be sure, but a compliment nevertheless. We’ll get to that other movie, the Final Fantasy that threatened to be truly final, in its proper place and time (after FFIX, before FFX). For the time being, we’re sticking with FFVII.
Advent Children was preceded in Japan by a series of short stories intended to promote the film. The stories were released inconsistently for a few years, and eventually ended up in a collection entitled On the Way to a Smile. I’m not going to be covering the stories in much detail, but I did read them all, and even liked most them. At worst, they were no more distracting than unremarkable filler. I liked the opening chapter, “Case of Denzel,” the best. “Case of Denzel” focuses on its title character, a young boy living in Midgar, during the events of FFVII. The plot touches on the game’s big catastrophes as actual moments of great tragedy and horror, instead of cartoonish dog-kicking moments like the blasted game. I guess that makes FFVII another of those rare properties that is damaged by its own follow-ups, since “Case of Denzel” only managed to focus my dislike of the original’s handling of such sensitive events. (more…)