Dead Space: Downfall

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Dead Space: Downfall
Dead Space Downfall poster.jpg
Directed by Chuck Patton
Produced by Joe Goyette
Robert Weaver
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Written by Justin Gray
Jimmy Palmiotti
Based on Dead Space
by Electronic Arts
Starring Nika Futterman
Bruce Boxleitner
Keith Szarabajka
Jim Cummings
Kelly Hu
Kevin Michael Richardson
Jim Piddock
Music by Seth Podowitz
Production
company
Distributed by Electronic Arts
Manga Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
October 28, 2008
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated horror film developed by Film Roman and Electronic Arts. It is a prequel to the video game Dead Space and takes place during the events of Dead Space: Extraction, while the Necromorphs invade the USG Ishimura after it receives the Marker. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 28, 2008 and broadcast on the Syfy Channel on December 2, 2008.

Plot[edit]

An alien artifact, identified as a possible "second Marker", is discovered on the planet Aegis VII. The Church of Unitology uses its influence to send the mining ship USG Ishimura to retrieve this holy relic.

While the ship approaches, they receive radio reports of an outbreak of violent behavior among the colonists. The Marker is brought aboard by order of Captain Benjamin Mathius (Jim Cummings). Head of Security Alissa Vincent (Nika Futterman) asks to investigate the colony, but Mathius believes nothing is amiss. While the Ishimura extracts a chunk of the planet to mine, a man in the ship's sick bay, Hans Leggio, (Jeff Bennett) struggles against his restraints and resists sedation, begging to be killed.

Meanwhile, two miners on Aegis VII check an outpost that has gone silent. One man, Farum (Cummings) vanishes during a blackout, while the other, Colin Barrow (Bruce Boxleitner) sees his wife Jen (Lia Sargent) commit suicide. Barrow takes her body and flees the facility in a shuttle, unaware of an alien presence attached to the corpse.

The Ishimura re-establishes links with the colony, receiving evidence of a massacre. The captain refuses to radio for help, as he would face a court martial for entering a restricted system. He orders that the planet be quarantined and return to Earth with the Marker. Barrow's shuttle crashes into the Ishimura's hangar, just as he is killed by his mutated wife. Vincent and her security teammates Ramirez (Hal Sparks), Hanson (Phil Morris), Dobbs (Bennett), Pendleton (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Shen (Kelly Hu) are dispatched to arrest and quarantine the people on the shuttle, but they find nothing aboard but pools of blood. Leggio awakens to discover alien creatures mutating the corpses in the morgue, which then kill him. The security team follows trails of blood towards the morgue, where Dobbs is killed by an infected Leggio. Tensions flare as Unitologist crew members demand to see the Marker; they are quickly calmed and dispersed by engineer Samuel Irons (Richardson), a Unitologist.

The security team fight the infestation as it spreads through the ship, with Irons joining them after saving them from the Necromorphs in the ship's mess hall where Pendleton is swarmed and killed. Dr. Terrence Kyne (Keith Szarabajka) tells Mathius that the Marker is responsible for the colonists going insane, killing each other and causing the infestation and must not be taken to Earth, fearing that the Necromorphs will wipe out every last human on Earth, but the captain claims religious persecution and mutiny. As tension rises on the Bridge, captain Mathius is accidentally killed by Kyne in an attempt to sedate him, who flees the bridge. The escape pods are launched empty and the communications systems destroyed.

On the way to the bridge, Hanson goes insane and kills Shen, then is in turn killed by Ramirez. Vincent, Irons, and Ramirez return to the bridge where they learn that the ship is almost entirely overrun; they then discover that Kyne is sabotaging the ship's engines, to scuttle the ship on the planet to stop the Necromorphs from spreading.

On their way to confront Kyne, the team finds survivors trapped by Necromorphs. Irons buys time for Vincent and Ramirez to extract the scared crew members by using himself as bait, and is killed. Ramirez sacrifices himself getting Vincent into the control room. She confronts Kyne, who claims that his actions are necessary to stop the alien outbreak from leaving the system. Vincent fails to restore the engines, and Kyne escapes with her weapon.

Vincent finds herself surrounded by Necromorphs and run for the Marker, but learns that the creatures cannot come into close proximity with the artifact, which kept them imprisoned on Aegis VII. Spurred on by a vision of Ramirez, Vincent leaves a video log that details the entire sequence of events, adding that the Marker and the Ishimura must be destroyed. She uploads the video log to a distress beacon, opens the airlock and launches the beacon from the downed shuttle. Vincent and the Necromorphs are blown out into space.

Vincent's body drifts in space as the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" plays. The story ends as the USG Kellion arrives and prepares to dock on the Ishimura - the beginning of Dead Space.

Sequel[edit]

A second film based on the Dead Space franchise has been released. Dead Space: Aftermath was released on January 25, 2011, alongside Dead Space 2.

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