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Dead Space: Downfall
Directed by Chuck Patton
Produced by Joe Goyette
Robert Weaver
Written by Antony Johnston
Starring Nika Futterman
Jeff Bennett
Bruce Boxleitner
Music by Seth Podowitz
Distributed by Electronic Arts
Manga Entertainment
Release date(s) October 28, 2008
Running time 75 minutes
Country  United States
 South Korea
Language English
Followed by Dead Space

Dead Space: Downfall is an animated movie, a prequel to the events of the game Dead Space and takes place after Dead Space: Extraction, taking place while the Necromorphs invade the USG Ishimura after it receives the Red Marker. The movie, developed by Film Roman and EA, was released on DVD October 28, 2008 and broadcast on the Syfy Channel on December 2, 2008.

Plot

The film revolves around the mining ship Ishimura as it arrives in the vicinity of an alien world. Discovering an object referred to as the "Marker", it is brought aboard the ship by orders of Captain Mathius and Dr. Kyne. A week passes and a rash of violent attacks between the miners and other crew begin to rise in numbers. Hostilities begin to break out as members of the religious group, the "Unitologists", beg for a glimpse of the Marker, a key icon in their belief.

Meanwhile, on the planet, two miners check out an outpost that has gone silent while the Ishimura brings up a chunk of the planet, using Gravity Tethers, for mining purposes. Shortly after arriving the men discover something amiss and one goes out in search of his girlfriend, while his partner vanishes during a quick blackout. In the girlfriend's room, the man watches in shock as his beloved commits suicide shortly after muttering how "they want our bodies." As the man flees the facility, he is unaware of an alien presence attaching itself to his deceased lover.

Onboard the Ishimura, Alissa Vincent, head of the security on the ship demands that Mathius allow an investigation of the recent outbreak of violence. But Mathius remains firm in the belief that nothing is amiss. Suddenly the vessel piloted by the surviving miner crashes into the hangar just as he cuts communication and is killed by his mutated girlfriend. Vincent and her team are dispatched to contain the situation but discover nothing aboard the small ship, then depart to find out what caused the crash. Dr. Kyne suggest they should call for help, but Captain Mathius says that Aegis VII was a restricted area and they are not supposed to be there.

Down in the sickbay, a man awakes to discover alien creatures mutating the various corpses in the morgue, only to be gruesomely dispatched moments later. The situation turns grim all through the ship as the chaos and body count steadily rises, creating havoc as Mathius demands order. Kyne says that the Marker is responsible, but Mathius is in denial because he would have to put the Marker back and face court martial if the government knew they were in the restricted system. A confrontation between Mathius and Kyne leads to the former being accidentally killed by a sedative needle driven into his eye by Dr. Kyne, who then flees in terror. Vincent and her team arrive at the morgue where a Necromorph kills a teammate before being dispatched.

Things become chaotic as Vincent and her team struggle to make their way back to safety, but are confronted by a horde of Necromorphs. When it looks like conventional weapons are useless, a man named Samuel Irons arrives on the scene with a mining tool and easily cuts down the creatures. Unfortunately, a member of the team named Hanson goes insane from the chaos and violently murders fellow teammate Shen, using another mining tool to cut her vertically in half, after which Hanson and Vincent have a brief fight ending with Hanson being shot in the head by Ramirez. Returning to the deck, Vincent, Irons, and remaining member Ramirez discover that Dr. Kyne has overridden the ships gravitational controls and is planning to crash the ship into the planet below.

Along the way to confronting Kyne, Vincent and the others discover survivors being attacked by Necromorphs and go to save them. Using himself as bait, Irons buys time for Vincent and Ramirez as they extract the scared crew members before being killed and turned into Necromorphs. The survivors are overwhelmed by more Necromorphs and Ramirez sacrifices himself to give Vincent a head start for the control room where Kyne is hiding. Vincent confronts Dr. Kyne who claims what he has done was necessary and steals her weapon as she tries to save the ship.

All seems lost and Vincent finds herself surrounded by numerous Necromorphs. She then discovers that the creatures cannot come into close proximity with the artifact, but the hopeless Vincent doesn't care and breaks down. Spurred on by a brief vision of Ramirez, Vincent leaves a video log that details the entire events up until now. She downloads the video log she made into the distress beacon and in a final act of heroism, Vincent opens the airlock and activates the distress beacon on a downed shuttle just a few feet from the marker. The distress beacon then fires outwards into space and along with it, several of the Necromorphs and herself.

As the film draws to a close, Vincent's lifeless body drifts into the darkness as the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" plays. The story ends just as the Kellion arrives and prepares to dock on the Ishimura, setting the beginning tone for Dead Space.

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