Fantasia 2016 Review: “Battledream Chronicle” (2015) ★★★★


Imagine you live in a world where virtual reality takes over the reality and computer games are used as a battlefield to conquer the world. There is literally not even a single person who would not have to spend the rest of his life as a slave if they are lucky enough. Otherwise, they are doomed to be erased from this planet and their entire family. But the good news is, there a little tiny island left that still has a chance, maybe minor, invisible, laughable, but a chance nonetheless to beat Mortemonde’s games and save mankind…

Set in the futuristic world of 2100, the empire of Mortemonde colonizes almost all the nations of the Earth and reduces their populations to slavery. The slaves are forced to collect 1000XP every month in Battledream, a video game where a man can die for real. In case if they refuse do so, they still can lose their lives. Having no options left, young runaway Nyssa arrives in Sablevere, the last city that has to face the most important battle of their life, before Mortemonde takes over the world completely.

As the story unfolds, you find out that Nyssa possesses an important information that may help her to beat Mortemonde in the Battledream. But for that she has to get the best games and prepare for the fight. Syanna is a young martinican slave who also refuses to keep living and join the forces. However, soon you find out a truth about Syanna’s past that will determine not only her future, but the future of all human kind.

Frankly, I did not have high expectation from the BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE animated film despite knowing its quite engaging subject matter. But once I started watching it, it managed to grab my attention, as there are certain things that we all could have relate to our modern world, which some of us, might find similar to what happens in the Battledream Chronicle.

In conclusion, BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE is a fine animated film that would entertain any adult viewer. It’s entertaining and intelligent, compelling and at times touching. Nowadays, there are not many animated films that could have make you think about it afterward, but this one surely does.


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