20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End) (2008)
Critic Reviews for 20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End)
The ideas are fun, there are some striking design ideas (the villain's commonplace-yet-freaky mask), yet the clogged storytelling just doesn't make enough of them. Shame.
Tsutsumi...dazzles us with so many balls in the air, so many twists and turns, that there is not enough room left for his characters to develop as believable, interesting people, as opposed to comicbook archetypes.
Not quite science fiction and as surreal a conspiratorial epic as you'll find, this dense thriller has a distinctively Japanese sensibility.
...has that crazy mix of genres and conventions which you often find in Japanese film and has the added benefit of not taking itself too seriously.
Audience Reviews for 20-seiki shônen: Honkaku kagaku bôken eiga (20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End)
I didn't know what to think going into this. I had been watching previews of it for nearly a month on TVJapan(NHK). It looked like a cheesy scifi attempt. However, when it aired i was floored. The story had intrigue, and there was very likable characters. I was not familiar with the story before I watched it. So that was a treat. At first I really didnt know what was happening, and then it came together. by the end you really dont realize that you had sat there for nearly 2.5 hours. It left you with questions. Many questions. And I was a little angry, because I was unaware of the sequels. But shortly after it finished NHK showed the trailer for the 2nd chapter. I really enjoyed it.
Somewhere between Twelve Monkeys and It, rests this rather brilliant epic, sic-fi, Japanese thing. And it's absolutely Japanese, from the fight choreograhpy to the "end of the world via giant robot" spiel. But it's strength lies in it's writing and the way it slowly reveals itself - much like "Friend", by way of flashbacks to a childhood game that one of them took to the extreme. Recommended for anime/manga fans.
This is a pretty good movie. I've been watching a few Asian movies at the moment and fit right in there. Its a quite clever story that I have not heard or seen before and I enjoyed it. If only the acting was more improved and the special effects directing was not at all jaw dropping.
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