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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Set a HIGH bar!

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
5 stars
 
Emotion:
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December 20, 2011
As a screenwriter preparing to upload a script and eventually do a test movie, you set the bar very high. Nice work. This is right up there with the best. It's simply entertaining on its own... beyond being a TEST movie. The visuals and sound quality are top notch!

The premise is cool and and how the story unfolds grips you in for the fun ride. It's not cheesy like many of such movies wind up, so hopefully that doesn't happen to your script. The characters are engaging and play off each other well. It was interesting how you handled the different languages. I liked how you used subtitles minimally, and had Germans speak to each in English with accents. I was able to focus on the story more. Emotions are handled well and the relationship that grows is believable. Nothing that was over the top. Nice work!

Great new addition to Treasure Hunt movies. I hope it gets made.
 
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Storyboard Movie!

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
5 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
4 stars
 
December 14, 2011
This is absolutely stunning. As a film producer, I can only use my imagination with storyboards to understand what the Director’s vision might be. With THE ALCHEMIST AGENDA, the storyboards ARE the movie and the Director’s vision IS the movie. But that's only the beginning. This is a feature in it's own right. The story and film direction takes the noir genre to a whole new level.

This was thrilling to watch on my 22” cpu monitor. However, with the incredible production value – picture, sound, music – I really need to see this on the big screen. There is nothing like this out there and I want to see more from this director. This is not CGI, it’s not anime, it’s Marty’s way.

Steven Weiss-Smith, Producer/Writer – DEAR ME, A BLOGGER’S TALE
 
0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

Butter Up The Popcorn, It's A Movie

Overall Recommendation:
4 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
3 stars
 
Character:
3 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
3 stars
 
December 09, 2011
I expected to see a “test movie” – what I just saw was a feature film. Sure, it’s basically static animation but the visuals suggest character, story and action and they do it well. Marty’s done a great job of creating a flow to the film and, though it drags at times, the overall sense of pacing and story movement keeps you guessing until the very end. Even after, actually.

I’ll admit, this is the first feature-length film I’ve seen from Amazon Studios so I have nothing to compare it to… but if this is the norm, I’m impressed. Amazon claimed loudly that they intended to make movies. Even if they’re not directly involved, they’ve already made at least one.

I hope that Marty and his creative team are able to take this to the next level and procure the budget, large though it may be, to actually shoot this on location with real-life actors. With some story tweaking (why does Charlie go into the brothel with the Amsterdam prostitute?) and tightening – all easily fixable – this story will translate beautifully to the big(ger than my monitor) screen. File this under “never ask a screenwriter his opinion” but I’d like to see a title change. For what it’s worth, I like “The 4th Reich.” But that’s just nit-picky. This is a fully realized film and I’m awed by what it accomplishes. Good work, Marty. Look forward to your next production.
 
0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:

got hooked quickly

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
5 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
3 stars
 
Emotion:
4 stars
 
December 08, 2011
 
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Incredible animation.

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
5 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
4 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
December 04, 2011
I have my nice days and my harsh days in terms of reviews. But I try to be constructive, at the end of the day. In this case, I don't really have anything to add. I just finished the film, enjoyed it, thought the animation was SPECTACULAR, the music and sound very good, the acting very good, and the story compelling.

The film begins and ends like the Nick Nolte film The Deep, has a fair amount in common with The Boys from Brazil, and has plenty of cool Bourne Identity attributes. So for a wide range of adventure/thriller enthusiasts, I feel this would be a good one watch.

Phenomenal test movie and I look forward to reading other work by this writer.
 
4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Game Changer

Overall Recommendation:
5 stars
 
Premise:
4 stars
 
Story structure:
4 stars
 
Character:
4 stars
 
Dialogue:
5 stars
 
Emotion:
5 stars
 
December 03, 2011
This is the first Amazon project to transcend the core of the test film mandate. "Test films are rough visual drafts?" I'm sure this version of THE ALCHEMIST AGENDA would be a fine guide for production of a feature, but folks: this motion comic isn't a "rough draft" of anything. It's a successful entertainment experience all on its own.

The art and motion are just right, the cast and performances are superlative and the story is a rocket that takes off fast and never comes down. Yes: you can see the beginning of a TOMB RAIDER/UNCHARTED franchise here in terms of features, but you also see a project that people would pay a buck ninety-nine on iTunes for. Or watch on Amazon Prime.

This movie blew me right the f**k away.
 

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