Amazing air combat sequences, astounding sound track and generally a visual feast. However, the deliberately lifeless characters, long pauses, endless repetitive staring contests eventually wore me out. This could have been halved in length. Eventually you get the point, if you have the staying power, but, the point could have been made much earlier. The pilots seem to be permanently stoned. They have a dreamlike quality, they dont care about anything, cant remember when they started fighting and have no care about the purpose of their existence. They merely exist and fly and shoot down enemy pilots and that is their unquestioning lot. The lengthy, monotone, emotionless diatribes where the characters are perfectly still throughout are deliberate to emphasise that the pilots go about their deadly business free of aggression or passion, they are simply doing as they are told. They do not kill to defend their homes or families, they do not have any. They dont even remember their childhoods. They are organic machines which come off a production line and perform their function with mechanical, emotion-free efficiency. They wake up, fly, kill and then go back to bed and do not care if they live or die. But you have to wait 2 hours to get the whole picture. In the end I found "Sky Crawlers" self-indulgent, slow and boring.