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Dead Space: Downfall is an American animated
science fiction 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==
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, Glenn (Phil Morris), 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), Hansen (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, Hansen 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 terrified 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 runs 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==
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.==External links==
Official website Dead Space: Downfall on IMDb
Home market performance listed on The Numbers

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