Dead Space: Downfall
is a Direct-to-Video Prequel
to Dead Space
set in the Dead Space
universe. It goes into detail about what happend onboard the USG Ishimura
and the state it is in when Isaac Clarke and the player reach it at the beginning of Dead Space
The Red Marker is brought onboard the Ishimura
. Meanwhile the colony on Aegis VII is attack by Necromorphs. One of the colonists escapes with the corpse of his dead wife and heads to the Ishimura
, unaware that his wife is turning into a Necromorph
. Onboard the Ishimura
, the Unitologists want to worship the Marker, and start to otherwise go insane.
The colonists ship crashes into the Ishimura
and the Necromorph escapes, eventually making its way down to the morgue and inficting all the bodies down there. A team of crew members, led by chief of security Alissa Vincent, try to fight their way from the morgue to the top of the ship.
Dead Space: Downfall provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accidental Murder: Dr. Kyne's attempt to sedate Captain Mathius goes horribly wrong, ending with the Captain dying. The crew members (who had been restraining Mathius after agreeing with Kyne's assertion he was unfit for duty) wonder aloud whether or not it really was an accident; Kyne flees the bridge before he can be detained.
- Apocalyptic Log: The log Vincent records explaining what happened on the ship.
- Ascended Extra
- Dr. Kyne played a fairly small part in the first game, but here he's treated more like a main character.
- Captain Mathius also gets a pretty decent amount of screen time before his death.
- Ax-Crazy: Everyone gets this from the Marker eventually, though some take longer to covert than others, and that assumes they live long enough to do so at all.
- Big Damn Heroes: Irons in the mess hall.
- Call Back: At the very beginning of the movie, the first thing you see is the back of an engineer wearing the same suit as Isaac. It looks almost like a shot from the original game, complete with camera angle.
- The Cameo: Nicole has a non-speaking appearance, being rescued by Vincent with some other civilians.
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Chainsaw Good: Irons uses a plasma chainsaw in a big damn heroes moment. As it's far more effective than their pistols, the security team trades up in kind.
- Conspicuous CG: The spaceships and some backgrounds.
- Continuity Snarl: The movie timeline runs much faster than is implied to have happened in the game; the game's audio logs suggest the Sanity Slippage took days to manifest alongside the Necromorphs. Other differences include the Marker being much larger and the Necromorphs being unable to approach it. Though that may be because it has use for Vincent.
- Continuous Decompression: How Vincent deals with the Necromorphs between her and the shuttle's emergency beacon.
- Downer Ending: Everyone is killed and the Ishimura is a death trap.
- Eye Scream: In the games, you only saw a video log of it; in the movie, you get to watch Mathius get stabbed in the eye up close. Then it goes further into this when after he gets impaled in the eye, he falls onto the floor, driving it into his brain.
- Fan Disservice: A young woman wearing only a towel is seen being stabbed and killed without the towel so much as coming undone. What we do get to see is a fat man's fully uncensored penis.
- Five-Man Band
- Flipping the Bird: Vincent gives Mathius a salute with her middle finger, though his back is turned at the time.
- Foregone Conclusion: Even when the movie takes a few liberties with the plot, anyone who has knowledge of the game knows how this will end. Everyone dies and the ship is lost to the monster infestation. Even the opening scene lays it all out by showing Vincent's final recording declaring her the only remaining survivor.
- Gorn: Prerequisite for a Dead Space tie-in.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Both Irons and Ramirez know they're going crazy, so they go out fighting instead. Vincent gets sucked into space when she opens the docking bay so she can launch the emergency beacon on the shuttle.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: It's kind of hard to take Captain Mathius' spiraling insanity seriously when he sounds like Tigger half the time and the other half, like Darkwing Duck.
- High Pressure Blood: Why don't the plasma saws cauterize wounds instead of this happening?
- Honor Before Reason: Vincent's attempts to stop Kyne are intended to save the crew, who are rapidly being butchered by Necromorphs. Hell, by the time she gets to him, there can charitably be said to be maybe a dozen left.
- How We Got Here: The movie starts as Vincent is recording her log, then flashes back to how everything started.
- Idiot Ball:
- Captain Mathius holds onto it pretty tightly. Then again, he is a Unitologist, and going crazy.
- Vincent, too, who holds onto the hope that the crew can be saved long after it's obvious Kyne's got the right idea.
- I Don't Pay You to Think: This is the response to one character pointing out that the Marker was obviously dumped on an otherwise worthless rock intentionally.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" comes up at the end.
- It Has Been an Honor: Ramirez to Vincent.
- Kill 'em All: Almost. Only Kyne makes it to the main game. Everyone else, including the protagonist, is dead by the end.
- Limited Animation: One of the common complaints about the film.
- Made of Plasticine: And that's not counting the instances where future weapons/tools are used.
- Male Frontal Nudity: The fat guy in the shower.
- Obligatory Swearing: The characters in the movie are a lot more swear-happy than the characters in the video game.
- Off Model: The health bars are almost never consistent, let alone move down.
- Only Sane Man: Kyne, and to a lesser extent Vincent. Both are the only two characters to remain completely rational throughout the film. Vincent gets a lower rank because she's a bit too Genre Blind for her own good (or that of others). She only comes to her senses after having sabotaged Kyne's first attempt, and by then it's too late.
- Sanity Slippage: Affects some waaay more than others.
- Tempting Fate: Lampshaded when Vincent remarks on Hydroponics seeming to be clear.
- Unwitting Pawn: Vincent ends up napping against the Marker, so it manipulates her into making sure more people come looking for the Ishimura.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Shen gets one after seeing the blood-covered mess hall and the dismembered corpses within.
- We Need a Distraction: When they find a group of trapped civilians, Vincent brings this up since Slashers are blocking the door. Irons volunteers since he's starting to go crazy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Though anyone who played the game knows they're dead, the trapped civilians are never mentioned again after being rescued.