|Rating:||PG-13 (for action violence)|
|Genre:||Drama, Animation, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Katsuhiro Ôtomo|
|Written By:||Sadayuki Murai, Katsuhiro Ôtomo|
|In Theaters:||Mar 18, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jul 26, 2005|
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as James Ray Steam
as Ray Steam
as Dr. Edward Steam
as Scarlett O'Hara
as Dr. Lloyd Steam
as Dr Loyd Steam
as Miss Scarlett
as Robert Stephenson
as Mrs. Steam
as Robert Stephenson
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Critic Reviews for Steamboy
Its problem is not a lack of things to look at. There's plenty of them, and they're all cool. It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
Steamboy, ultimately, shares deep-seated themes with the futuristic Akira. Both offer cautionary tales about scientific responsibility and the evils of war. And both look pretty cool, too.
Audience Reviews for Steamboy
Not at all what I was expecting, but enjoyable none the less.
A bit long in my opinion, but lots of cool concepts and visuals.
This Japanese computer-generated anime is cool, starts out as a nice Jule Verne-style adventure, but the story is too complicated and talky to maintain momentum. Animation of the machines is smooth and graceful, but the characters are stiff and charmless.
[font=Century Gothic]"Steamboy" starts in Manchester, England in 1866 where Ray Steam is a mechanic and engineer, even though he is still a kid. He lives with his mom while his father and grandfather are working on an engineering project in Alaska. One day, a package arrives from his grandfather which contains a metal ball with a detailed set of instructions. Quickly, some sinister-looking gentlemen from the O'Hara Foundation, the elder Steams' employers, show up and ask for the package. When their request is politely declined, they resort to force. Ray resorts to escaping on a self-propelled wheel with the villains in hot pursuit in a mechanized tractor.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Steamboy" is a fun and creative adventure anime in the steampunk subgenre that is very well animated. It has much to say about a scientist being responsible for any weapons that they invent. Any respectable scientist should steer clear of the military at all costs and not let their inventions be exploited.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: I watched this movie in Japanese with English subtitles.[/font]
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