“Attack on Titan” is the eagerly anticipated Japanese, two-part, live-action feature film based on the widely popular manga series of the same name (“Shingeki no Kyojin” in Japanese), which tells the story of a world where most of humanity has been destroyed by giants and where the last of mankind fights to survive behind three concentric walls – walls that were once impenetrable to the giants. Manga series creator Hajime Isayama worked directly with the film’s producers and director Shinji Higuchi, one of the top special effects directors in Japan, to create the screen adaptation.
We just finished watching the special screener of ATTACK ON TITAN Part 1 in the MOVEMENT offices and LOVED every second of it! As life-long fans of classic Kaiju films, this brought us back to those terrifying moments of some huge seemingly unstoppable creature devastating humanity and the small band of humans who fight bravely to save their world. That formula is elevated and twisted in ATTACK, with not just one but dozens of massive titans plowing through the remnants of humanity behind their now breached protective walls. The titans themselves, human-like giants sans genitals or nipples, are towering terrors that are unnervingly creepy with dead stares and gaping smiles, some literally looked as if ripped into their face. AOT, much like the animated version, doesn’t spare any character or a chance to make the watcher flinch as person after person is bitten in half, torn appart, or smashed like a bug by these feeding giants who seem to only prefer the taste of human flesh while leaving livestock alone. The bloodbath is spared for some interludes just long enough for some concentrated character development and plot set ups, then its back to the slaughter and building smashing! Fans of the animated show should love this, but this movie also stands on its own and sets it up for anyone just discovering it to not be lost. We can’t wait for the exciting conclusion with part 2 coming later in October!
Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo, Hiroki Hasegawa,
Takahiro Miura, Nanami Sakuraba, Satoru Matsuo,
Shu Watanabe, Ayame Misaki, Rina Takeda,
Satomi Ishihara, Pierre Taki and Jun Kunimura
Limited Theatrical Event
Part 1: 9/30, 10/1, 10/7
Part 2: 10/20, 10/22, 10/27
See it locally in Jacksonville, FL at Sun-Ray Cinema!