Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Film Steamboy (Suchîmubôi; Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 2004)

Tonight as part of the Duke University Screen Society (I'm glad that school is back in session and these film series are underway again!), I saw the Japanese anime film Steamboy (Suchîmubôi; directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo, 2004, 126 minutes). While the computer animation was impressive, the film's story didn't particularly interest me.

The film is about a family of English inventors in the 1860s. Just before the first World Expo, an enormously powerful "steam ball" comes from the grandfather in the United States. What ensues is a pitting of grandfather against father - one promoting the peaceful uses of the new technology, and the other exploiting it to gain supremacy through destruction of anything in his way - with the son (perhaps 12-14 years old) caught in the middle. Obviously a parable for nuclear power, I didn't find the film's plot to be innovative or exciting.


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