"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »
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"Magnetic Rose" is about what happens when a deep space corporate freighter is called upon to investigate a distress signal from what ought to be a derelict space station. The space station... See full summary »
Rei is a young inventor living in the U.K. in the middle of the nineteenth century. Shortly before the first World Expo, a marvelous invention called the "Steam Ball", behind which a menacing power is hidden, arrives at his door from his grandfather Roid in the U.S. Meanwhile, the nefarious O'Hara Foundation has sent men to acquire the Steam Ball, so that they can use its power towards their own illicit ends.Written by
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Katsuhiro Ôtomo: [eye shot] James and Scarlett are seen reflected in a character's eye as they fly away during the final scene. See more »
Dr. Lloyd Steam:
And what would men do with this new technology? Plunge the world into war and chaos?
Dr. Eddie Steam:
But that very chaos would transform us. the heart adapts to reality.
Dr. Lloyd Steam:
[Points a gun at Eddie]
But the heart comes first, Eddie!
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Under the end credits, images of future events in the lives of the characters are shown. See more »
Two versions were released in theaters, one was the original 126 minute Japanese cut, while the other was a 106 minute English dub cut. See more »
Steamboy was a recommendation and likely not something I would have gotten round to otherwise.
Set in the 1860's it tells the story of two sides competing over steam power dominance and it's potential applications. Revolving around one boy and how he gets caught up in it all because of certain family ties.
The first thing you'll notice is that it's fantastically animated, it really looks the part and though Japanese made suffers with none of the usual anime tropes. Set in England it has a fitting and very competent British voice cast including veteran Patrick Stewart who delivers as he always does.
So it looks good, it sounds good, and this wonderful almost steampunk setting is great, so why the underwhelming rating?
The story (Though decent enough) isn't handled as well as it should have been, at two hours they could have paced it considerably better. To make matters worse you have a number of detestable characters (And not entirely intentionally) that really damaged the film for me.
I appreciate what they were trying to do here and entirely see the appeal, I get the impression that many will adore this. For me it was just well made but poorly constructed (If that makes any sense) and though not bad it's certainly not something I'd recommend myself.
Solid voice work
Some great ideas
Doesn't flow very well
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