Movie Review : Gantz

January 15, 2012

Gantz (ガンツ Gantsu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Gantz tells the story of Kei Kurono and his friend Masaru Kato who die in a train accident and awaken in a mysterious apartment, where they learn that they now belong to “Gantz”, an enigmatic spherical entity. GANTZ outfits the two teens with slick black super powered suits and advanced weaponry, before sending them on numerous game-like missions where they receive points for killing aliens. 100 points will allow them to leave this purgatory like place or send someone else back to life. If they fail, they can perish forever…

If i said i was a big fan of the Gantz manga or anime, I’d be lying to ya’ll… because i had never seen or heard of it until i watched this feature film version (shame on me). Thankfully i have, because now i have another manga and anime to keep me occupied.

Being a big fan of Death Note, I was eager to see what the producers had installed for me when i unwrapped this DVD. It definitely caught me off guard (in a good way) and kept me on my toes for the whole 130mins. On top of that, director Shinsuke Sato’s vision and direction definitely makes this sci-fi film a must watch for all fans.

I must say the most impressive part of this film is the wardrobe and special effects. They definitely utilized their $22,000,000 budget to it’s fullest potential. The suits, weapons, and special effects were nothing short of stunning. Put that together with a great director (Shinsuke Sato) and writer (Hiroya Oku) and you’ll get a masterpiece that’ll go down in Japanese history as one of the best adapted movies (close enough anyways).

Mr. Sato doesn’t really stick with Hiroya Oku’s original story. Most of the hardcore fans would’ve noticed that there have been ‘tweeks’ that don’t quite gel with the original story, making it a little disappointing. For me though, it was an eye opener and I went in watching this film with no expectations whatsoever… maybe thats why i enjoyed every second of it. I did find the pace of the film slightly draggy at times, but the gore and FX kinda’ made up for it in the end.

To jam a 26 episode Anime into a 130min long movie whilst trying to explain every detail possible is a pretty tough task but Shinsuke Sato and his crew have definitely done it justice. If you’re a fan of sci-fi movies and beyond, this will be one that you’ll need to check asap. Get your copy HERE now.

Fat Kids Rating 6.8/10

Words by Benny Teh

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