ATTACK ON TITAN Part One
released out now! 15 | 98 minutes Director shinji Higuchi Cast Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo
Whether you know the source material or not, Attack On Titan Part One is a weird viewing experience. It’s based on an epic Japanese actionhorror saga, set in a future world where humans are preyed on by grotesque grinning giants – the Titans. The story has an avid fanfollowing as a manga and anime; this is the first of a two-part live-action version for cinemas. Warning to fans: this is an alternate-universe retelling, with massive changes to both story and characters.
It’s a goofy bad movie, but one that’s sporadically enjoyable and exciting. The effects are artificial but pleasingly inventive, not unlike old British TV SF. There are some design triumphs, like a glowering demonic mega-titan in a huge cloud of black smoke, and a chuckling monster baby.
What lets the film down are the long scenes with awkward young actors risibly trying to look hard and heroic, though a couple of one-note, cartoony characters become likeable through their sheer persistence. The story also doesn’t go anywhere very much until a twist cliffhanger that’s spectacular but unexplained. Andrew Osmond
“Wait till I call that adoption agency!”