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Overall Rating
4.64

Awesome75.36%
Worth A Look: 18.84%
Average: 1.45%
Pretty Bad: 2.9%
Total Crap: 1.45%

3 reviews, 51 user ratings


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Red vs. Blue
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by Erik Childress

"More Addictive Than Video Games Themselves. And 100 Times Funnier!"
5 stars

Iíve just finished my second viewing of Red vs. Blue and I can tell that this will be one of those joy-fulfilling excursions that I will share with friends as well as something I can just keep on in the background even when Iím not watching it. Simple to the point that your buddies could have sat down to create it and yet so audacious in its execution that you sense mad geniuses were at work. Thereís a simplistic way to describe what it is, but one with so many levels that each proceeding explanation curves your smile a little more. Itís a mighty successful video game film based on a series of webshorts based on a video game. More importantly, Red vs. Blue is animated anarchy on par with oneís enjoyment of shows like South Park and Ren & Stimpy.

Red vs. Blue is not technically a ďfilmĒ at all, but an edit of the season one internet shorts entitled The Blood Gulch Chronicles. Adapted, so to speak, from the enormously popular xBox game Halo, what this creative clan has done is lift segments of the game imagery and then dub their voices over in a technique they refer to as ďmachinima.Ē Unlike the addictively entertaining Most Extreme Elimination Challenge on Spike TV, their scripts are already written. They just need the footage. Chances are you may have called your friend a ďteam-killing fucktardĒ while playing Halo. Only you were playing to an audience of one.

RvB is set on a distant planet where two armies (defined by their colors) are fighting for control of two bases. Why either of them should care about domination in the ďmiddle of a boxed canyonĒ is amongst the several conversations they will have, bored out of their armor, as they await the other side to make a move, a la A Midnight Clear. All the aliens have been killed. What else have they got to do?

The red boys pass the time debating the name of their new ATV (the Warthog) with a commander who shrugs off alternative suggestions as being mythical animals (like the unicorn or the...walrus.) They also wonder why itís necessary for a spaceship to haul down a giant tank as a weapon. Why not just use the spaceship? The blue guys arenít much better, picking on their own rookie much like the reds do and being completely inept when it comes time for battle conditions.

This may sound like something more suited for short doses in five-minute downloads but when the 19 episodes are spliced together it works effortlessly. This may be considered nothing more than high-tech geek cinema since jokes directed towards objectives of the actual game (flag capture) and familiarities (weapons, vehicles) will fly right past the casual observer. Donít despair because the humor isnít streamlined only for game players. Thereís enough pointed military satire and references (2001, Star Wars and even Itís a Wonderful Life) for anyone to laugh consistently throughout. Plus, anybody who can throw in a Voltron joke and make it stick gets my props. OK, I proudly vaunt my geek memoirs.

In fact, it takes precedence for me to give everyone listed on the credits their props. Writer/director Burnie Burns along with Geoff Fink, Gus Sorola, Randall Glass, Matt Hullum, who also provided voicework alongside Yomary Cruz, Dan Godwin, Joel Heyman, Jason Saldana and Kathleen Zuelch have all given us something to laugh out for years to come and theyíre just getting started. Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles ends with a cliffhanger that is liable to send people rushing to www.redvsblue.com to check out the beginning of season two. RvB joins the emerging revolution of filmmakers to use the internet to share their ingenuity with millions and its time to take further notice. HomestarRunner.com is a weekly venture in my home. RvB will now certainly be as well. Although maybe Iíll wait until Season Two is complete since the first one was so much fun watching in its entirety.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

7/22/14 vskzkjaa USA 2 stars
7/18/14 ormxlrzrkcb USA 2 stars
8/16/12 dj AWSOMEIST SERIES EVER 5 stars
6/15/11 Tim Thank you for introducing me to your bowling ball...hello bowling ball 5 stars
11/05/10 Chris Armstrong Quite possibly the best comedic timing i've ever seen in cinema, machinima or otherwise 5 stars
5/19/09 Hawkins the greatest, and the best 5 stars
12/17/06 DJ Lecuyer God Damn it's so fucking funny! I almost pissed myself watching some of the episodes! 5 stars
11/04/06 luis you suck 5 stars
10/05/06 Dan A. A gift from God 5 stars
6/21/06 wes anyone who does not like this is a bigger fag than the queer eye guys also "SSHHEEIILLAA!!! 5 stars
6/03/06 RandyChimp All the series are awsome. I'm lookin forward to series 5!!! 5 stars
5/18/06 mark if you the person that eats and sleeps at a computer this is the film for you 5 stars
5/05/06 Coltra P.I.M.P. Yo! 5 stars
3/30/06 Enoch "Track sucks!" "YOU suck!" 5 stars
2/14/06 Matt I almosy wet my pants watching this. Ok, I DID wet my pants. 5 stars
11/15/05 Berry "You just killed chuch, you team killing f**ktard!" This is one of the funniest shows ever 5 stars
10/17/05 cvhg487 kisss my ass 5 stars
10/11/05 Jacx This is the best show I've seen! PERIOD!!!! 5 stars
9/20/05 tidus it was FRACKING HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/02/05 Fish THIS DOSEN'T SEEM PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE!!!! 5 stars
7/23/05 birdfrag sweet! 5 stars
6/19/05 Matt Dietz This is the best non-porno site on the web, making it one-millionth over all. 5 stars
6/06/05 david "I could blow up the whole god damn world with this thing" 5 stars
5/04/05 Michael Kuck God Dammn best online show ever!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/07/05 Eldebo It was bound to happen. I'm glad it did. 5 stars
1/13/05 breremarer Kickass. 5 stars
12/14/04 Halodude Frickin Hilarious. Period. 5 stars
12/12/04 ryan ley it sucked 1 stars
12/12/04 Alfred McFact Awesome! 5 stars
12/10/04 Robosoldier FUCKING COOL!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/04/04 Zeonoline I can't sit in my seat n/e more cuz I'm ROFL 5 stars
11/04/04 Miramel fucking awesome!!! 5 stars
10/11/04 Rich25Sk8er Thamk god there is something funny on the Internet 5 stars
10/08/04 Brian Taking humor to new heights. Addicting 5 stars
9/14/04 Webmaster One Word: Perfect 5 stars
7/14/04 John McIntyre If Red Vs Blue wasn't online, I would have to waste my time looking at porn instead. 5 stars
7/02/04 Bryan Laugh out Loud Funny! 5 stars
6/30/04 Unky Dunky most excellent 5 stars
6/27/04 James Vander Very slick, very inventive. 5 stars
5/21/04 John Absolutely Awesome! 5 stars
5/21/04 Ben Holarious! 5 stars
5/08/04 Dustin Way too funny 5 stars
5/05/04 Kyle Conatser Red vs. Blue is the most ingenious work of machinima ever. Comedic timing is awesome! 5 stars
4/28/04 DarkWulf This aint no ice cream social! 5 stars
4/26/04 Alex i like the colors jajaja!!! 5 stars
4/14/04 Matt Petrucci the shiznin 5 stars
4/13/04 Jay Buy this DVD. Buy it NOW! 5 stars
3/25/04 Bingo was his name-o That was a hoot. 4 stars
3/18/04 Wolf My fav part: when the Warthog zooms over the hill with Mexican accordion music blaring! 5 stars
3/16/04 Hoopla Not really a movie, but a funny series of shorts. 3 stars
3/14/04 Spartan-117 funny as hell, its the greatest thing ive ever seen 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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