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Young Barry Allen comes home to a terrible scene, his mother has been brutally murdered, and the house shows signs of a struggle. Little Barry stands in the doorway in total shock. The Flash is one of many comic heroes that has dealt with a great tragedy in their past which has shape them into the heroes they became.
After visiting his mother’s grave, the adult Barry is summoned to a disturbance at The Flash Museum in Central City where he encounters several of his most notorious arch-nemeses. The Flash (Voice by Justin Chambers) fights valiantly but he is trapped by an adhesive clay which pins him down against a wall. It seems that this gathering of super-villains was devised by Professor Zoom AKA The Reverse Flash, a traveler from the future with the same powers as the Flash. He is obsessed with killing The Flash. Professor Zoom (Voice by C. Thomas Howell) plans on blowing up much of Central City, and killing The Flash in the process.
Each explosive device is connected to each of the super-villains, and The Flash; they were secretly placed there by Professor Zoom. Just when the viewer thinks all is lost The Justice League crashes through to help save the day.
Each member of The Justice League takes each of the villains away from Central City to various places where they disarm and destroy the explosive devices. As they take Professor Zoom away along with the other villains, Professor Zoom taunts The Flash, by bringing up painful memories of Barry’s mother. The viewer can see how this statement affected Barry, he runs off noticeably disturbed.
Barry wakes up the next day face down at his desk at work; he wakes up to a different world. A world where his mother is alive! And where Barry has lost his powers. In this world Batman is an alcoholic, uses guns, and is more aggressive invoking his personal brand of justice. Atlantis led by Aquaman sank a large part of Western Europe into the Atlantic Ocean killing over 100 million people; and the Wonder Woman led Amazons invaded the United Kingdom killing over 32 million people. They are at war against each other.
The world may have drastically changed but Barry still has his memories of the previous reality. In this new reality Wonder Woman and Aquaman are brutal dictators not caring who they kill or what they destroy. Batman is now Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father; it seems that Bruce had died in the alley instead of his parents. Cyborg is now the National Security Advisor, and is involved in trying to prevent the war between Atlantis and the Amazons.
Barry seeks out Batman at Wayne Manor. Wayne Manor is a mess; after sneaking into The Bat-cave he learns the truth about this Batman. After Batman roughs up Barry for entering his Bat-cave, Barry eventually convinces (although not entirely) Batman of who he is, and of his memories of the previous timeline. Batman reluctantly helps Barry to recreate the same experiment that gave Barry the powers of The Flash. After the second attempt he is back in action.
The Flashpoint Paradox Movie based on the comic book story and takes the viewer into an alternate world where with just one little difference in history, a new reality comes forth. It is called The Butterfly Effect where one little change in history sends a ripple of changes throughout time and space.
Although it is an interesting concept it presents the question, can such a little alteration in the past change the future in such a dramatic way, as well as affect all individual lives in the process? Another question comes to mind- in relation to Aquaman and Wonder Woman, how can one little change turn them from protectors of people to complete sociopaths? The movie does not seem to answer this question, we as the viewer just have to accept that is the way they are in this timeline.
The Flashpoint Paradox takes the easy way out by having Barry remember the previous timeline. Even though the plot revealed that the memories of the new timeline were now becoming a part of Barry’s current memory. By having Barry remember the previous timeline it allows him to figure out how to fix the current reality. Though, it is a good clue which tells the viewer that The Flash is somehow involved in the changing history.
This movie was an action packed story. It is rated PG-13; there are moments of violence. So parents are advised that there may be some disturbing images with blood and death. Familiar DC Comic characters die, and some in a brutal way.
Some of the animation I liked but some seemed kind of weird. Some of the characters seemed too elongated, and Superman’s, Aquaman’s, and Batman’s (Thomas Wayne) jaw line were too wide and thick. Superman (Voice by Sam Daly) in the alternate timeline was locked up underground for most of his life; when he was released by the heroes he looked freakishly thin, elongated, and with a thick head; later he becomes an important part of the story towards the end.
In conclusion, one of the bright spots in the movie was The Flash. The animation displaying his speed was incredible. The viewer was with The Flash emotionally from the very beginning, and it had you rooting for The Flash to succeed in correcting the timeline. Overall, I thought The Flashpoint Paradox was a well made animated feature that told an interesting story, and it will have the viewer thinking about it after they finish watching the movie.
Rating: 4 out 5