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Good fun action film
on 5 December 2002
I wasn't disappointed by this film. I knew it was set in the same world as Gunsmith Cats so I knew roughly what to expect; guns, cars, lots of insane action sequences. That's pretty much what you get. It's not deep, it's just an excuse for plenty of car chases and shootouts, but they're very good car chases and shootouts. Being only 45 minutes long it also cuts out all the usual stuff that plagues Hollywood actions films, such as contrived romantic sub-plots and awful attempts at character development. Don't get me wrong, I'm usually a fan of more intellectual films which feature complex characters and so on, but if you're going to make an action film, then you might as well cut straight to the chase (as it were). Yet, even though it has no pretensions to being a serious film (in fact it's really a comedy in many respects, and is far from afraid to be self-parodying and good humoured), it does actually have quite a good plot.
Being an anime, the action is able to be unrealistic, and by unrealistic I mean bearing little or no relation to the actual laws of physics in the real world. There is absolutely no way Bean would survive to the end of the film if this were real life, and I have absolutely no idea how he makes his car do the things it does. However, there are only one or two) instances in the whole thing where they take it a bit too far and it's a bit much to suspend your disbeleif.
The animation quality starts off fairly average but gets better as the story progresses. Obviously the animation studio saved their budget for the action sequences, especially the last one, and it's paid off.
One last thing, this was made around 1989 and as such features a soundtrack comprising mainly of very very 80's style music. It's incredibly cheesy but really, it suits the film and is quite funny.