If like me, you are a man, and like to conform to gender stereotypes to such an extent that you actively seek out films with lots of guns and fightin’ in them, then you can get much more guns and fightin’-ey than ‘The Raid’! To not put too finer point on it, this has the most fightin’ in it that I have ever seen, more than most movies that are ostensibly about fightin’. I use fightin’ to demarkate between the sort of ridiculous hand to hand face smasherry on show here from the fighting of war films or things like rocky. This fightin’ is brutal! Were you to just watch someone, as they watched this film you’d have a great time documenting all of the “owwww” “urrghhh” moments crossing their face as our hero literally smashes his way through a building full of an unending stream of bad sorts. There is a pretty basic storyline underpinning the whole show, but it is suitable and makes you hate the baddies enough that when they get killed in all sorts of brilliant ways you cant help but think they (probably) deserved it! Definately not one to watch with your mum, but certainly worth watching if you are feeling a little low on testosterone.
Usually when a film begins by showing how pathetic/awful/unlikable its main character is I woefully unlookforward (or whatever the term for looking forward, but with woe might be) to spending the rest of the film trying ever so hard not to hate them, eventually failing and thinking “well why and earth did THEY get a happy ending”, unless of course its a nice tragedy in which case I sometimes think “well they pretty much deserved that, the idiot” (see Coreolanus, or sticking with good old Shakespeare that Juliet amd Romeo could have solved a lot of their problems if they had just solved their communication issues). But this film, this is different! The brilliant captain of Pirates! Is a complete and utter tool, but eventually comes good and does the right thing. The concept isn’t exactly new, person is idiot, realises idiocy is ruining friendships/lovelife/life in general, then changes their ways, but those other versions of the story don’t have pirates…or scientists!
Fairly soon after watching this I was lucky enough to see the ship used in the film, it was pretty beautifully made, if pirates, scientists and a good “not being an idiot anymore” story are not enough for you then watching this film alone just for the “its so cool how they made this” momemts is almost worth it.
Blue sky almost pulls off the trick of making you forget that its animated, then helpfully reminds you by having something incongruously cgi come and hit you in the eyeballs. Its a nice story though, rather too heavy on the love story side of things but the basic repressed masses rising story has been done better, maybe just watch metropolis (the original) its nearly as futuristic. Light cycles from tron rating – 10/10 random pikachu type thing appearing for no reason rating 10/10 character development rating 4/10
If this film had been made by film students I can picture how they would have excitedly described the project to their friends “ok, its like a serial killer movie, except it really makes you think about like…the whole process you know, how they get to the point that murder becomes a response”, which is sort of what this slow (slow slow slow) film does, though this is giving it a little more credit in the `thought provoking` department than it deserves. The characters are as predictable as the plot (which begs the question, why couldn’t it all have been over a little quicker?) so you never really end up contemplating the feelings which drive the story and just end up wishing SOMEONE would hurry up and do at least a tiny bit of killing.