14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens, unaged in a new and strange environment. Misato has formed a group that has ...
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Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »
The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?
14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens, unaged in a new and strange environment. Misato has formed a group that has is separate from Nerv. The fight is far from over but the biggest struggle might be against humans and former allies.Written by
The shortest Rebuild of Evangelion film to date, running for 96 minutes while the first and second runs for 101 minutes and 112 minutes. Ironically, months before the film released in theaters, a false news stated that the film will run for 120 minutes. See more »
During the scene when Rei attacks Wunder, there is a close up shot of Shinji screaming, during the close up we didn't see his collar attached to his neck, however, after a flash of explosion, the collar magically appears.
However, this mistake only appears in the home video version. See more »
The film's title card appears after the film runs for 32 minutes. See more »
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: IV. Presto - Allegro assai - Andante maestoso - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato - Allegro ma non tanto - Prestissimo
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Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
It seems Hideaki Anno has realised that his first two "Rebuild" films had little new to offer. The opening of "Evangelion 3.0" is overwhelming -- more so than the past two films combined. This is the original story he was building towards all the time! Or so it seems initially.
The film jumps straight into the action, for sure. 14 years after the events of the last film, Shinji wakes up to find himself captured by Ritsuko's rebellion against NERV. You would be forgiven for thinking you accidentally put on "The Matrix Four". The gang is a collection of eyepatches, sunglasses and flying warships, set to music combining church choirs, rock guitars and piccolos. Even in a franchise about teenagers in giant robots fighting angelic aliens, this is very hard to take serious.
But cherish the novelties as they come. Before they have settled, the pacing takes a significant dip, with Shinji escaping to the ruins of Tokyo III. His life is saved and the plot starts meandering.
Admittedly, the NERV part has its qualities. Easily the film's biggest success is the bonding between Shinji and Kaworu (even though the depiction of learning to play the piano is not in accordance with my seven years of fruitless finger aches). Their relationship in the series was, I would argue, never homosexual. Kaworu loved Shinji in a pansexual manner: because of his personality, without considering his gender, whilst Shinji liked Kaworu because he was the only person kind to him. Here, Anno succeeds in recreating that delicate balance between friendship and sexuality, proving that he still is a great writer.
Or rather: that he CAN be a great writer, because Shinji's character is dismally downgraded. He receives the same treatment as Asuka did in "Evangelion 2.0", i.e. a removal of much of his existential conflict. Contrary to her, though, his behaviour remains the same, turning him into the indecisive brat that he was so long unjustly made out to be.
But the film's main problem lies with the story as a whole. Its narrative structure and pacing are inept. The film's opening bombards the audience with new impressions, but everything after that is just spread-out exposition. This blatancy culminates with Fuyutsuki straight up telling Shinji what the Evas truly are; one of the most central elements to the "Evangelion" lore, a shocking reveal only hinted at in the show, here spelled out as plainly as possible.
The climax that caps these 50 minutes of explanation is based around misconception and comes down to the avoidance, rather than the execution of an actual event. That means that the bigger picture doesn't change, leaving our characters in exactly the same position they have been in since the first 15 minutes, merely talked up-to-date.
Then what was "Evangelion 3.0"'s point? Setting up the next film, I guess, like the last two films' point was. We have now passed the three-quarter mark in the "Rebuild" tetralogy and the only original writing so far barely hangs together. Maybe if "Evangelion 4.0" turns out to be an earth-shattering revelation, it will be worth seeing the other three again as part of a larger narrative, but nothing will take away from the fact that this film is, even more than its predecessors, redundant, and inferior to its stunning source material.
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