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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (2010)

  • Director: Nina Kristensen
  • Writer: Tameem Antoniades
  • Writer: Alex Garland
  • Writer: Ch'eng-En Wu
  • Publisher: XCVii007r1
  • Runtime: 04:57:26
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  • "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West" is a re-imagining of the novel "Journey to the West" written by Wu Cheng'en. Unlike the original story that was set in a fantastical version of ancient China, The story is set 150 years in a future post-apocalyptic world following a global war, with only remnants of humanity left, along with the still active war machines left over from the conflict. Like the original story however, the plot revolves around someone who forces the help and protection of a warrior, with many characters sharing the same names and roles. The game's story was written by Alex Garland, with voice talent and motion capture from Andy Serkis and Lindsey Shaw.

    "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West" opens with the main character, Monkey (Andy Serkis), awakening in a containment cell aboard a slave ship just as the vessel is about to crash. He and a woman named Trip (Lindsey Shaw) leave the ship via escape pod, but when he regains consciousness after a fall, he discovers that she has placed a slave headband on him, which forces him to follow her orders and that if Trip dies, so does Monkey. Trip explains that she wants to return to her village, which is 300 miles away, and that she needs his help to get there. Monkey is angry, but complies when he realizes that he has no choice. The two travel across New York City toward the crash site, where Monkey hopes to recover his motorcycle. Along the way, glitches in the headband expose him to visions of what appears to be life before the war.

    After visiting the crash site, the two travel the rest of the way on Monkey's motorcycle, but when they reach Trip's village, the place is deserted and overrun with mechs. After clearing the village of them, Monkey and Trip break into the safe room where they believe survivors are hiding, only to discover that Trip's father is dead and no other villagers can be found. Assuming everyone to be dead, Trip breaks her promise and refuses to remove Monkey's headband, explaining her intent to find and kill the person responsible. ...

    Did You Know? "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West" was also co-directed by Andy Serkis, who also does the motion capture/voicework for Monkey and helps with script writing.

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