Manga-based mad­ness

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - AlsO Out this mOnth The 5th Wave (22 Jan­uary), an adap of the YA book about chil­dren brain­washed to kill by alien in­vaders.

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!”

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