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From the visionary director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Award winner, Best Animated Feature) comes the story of an ordinary family going to extraordinary lengths to avert the impending cyber apocalypse!
Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new family set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit in this near-perfect blend of social satire and science fiction.
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May 2017 Wannacry ransomware incident rather proves my point I think.
At this point the resistance begins, centred on the phenomenally well connected Grandmother, her crazy family and the Nerd who turns out is a bit of a prodigy and when pushed has some steel to him.
A really clever, yet funny, movie to watch!
It's a bit of a roller coaster ride, switching between the reality of a family summer and the "avatars" inside the computer network of OZ. The winners of these virtual battles control the network with real implications for the real world. What starts of as a simple two-player fight as the OZ servers are infiltrated becomes war as more accounts are snatched and the single badass avatar becomes a digital monolith that only the proud Jinnouchi family can hope to defeat by fair means or foul. There are surreal moments as one uncle brings in a boat (for power) and another rolls up with a super computer ("think if it as a test") and blocks of cooling ice to do battle. It's not all about the "war" though, it's a love story and the tale of a family pulling together in adversity and bringing back the black sheep after one of their own dies. Another member avidly watches her son play baseball on TV, the final game a metaphor for the ongoing online antics. Great stuff and supremely watchable.
This is a more grown up offering than TGWLTT and non-Facebooked olds may be a little perplexed at first but that should not put you off what is an absolute gem. The writer of this film definitely has a great imagination...or perhaps great foresight.
The only niggles I have with this film are the weak plot device that results in Kenji going with Natsuki to her family's home and that the relationship between Natsuki and Kenji has no back story. She is supposed to be the most popular girl at school and a year older than Kenji, there is no obvious reason for them to know each other very well, so her picking Kenji for the job is a little unlikely. This, however, doesn't really detract from the story once it gets going.
All in all, this is an excellent film that I could highly recommend to anyone, anime fan or not. And you should definitely keep an eye out for what Hosoda comes out with next.
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Summer Wars is categorized as Manga but it is a very good film and the drawn graphics although not a soft manga style suit the film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Alm