something is missing
The first thing that struck me about this film was the terrible voice
casting. Nicholas Cage doesn't have an acting bone in his body and yet
he plays the emotional part of a father who loses his son (and then
rejects another). Bill Nighy plays a strangely muted part and the voice
of Donald Sutherland as President Stone is too old for the character
The animation is acceptable but the story nonsense. A new mega-powerful
source of energy has been discovered and divided into blue and red,
good/bad. The blue (promising the Green lobby unlimited clean power) is
going to be put into a new robot design but the president decides on
the red (Bad) instead creating a monster - of course. In the battle
with the now monstered robot Cage's son is killed. His reaction to this
is summarised by a completely inadequate "Oh, no! My son has been
killed - I can rebuild him. I won't sleep or eat until it's done"! Back
of hand on forehead - Oh woe is me kind of thing. Awful, Awful, Awful.
He then rejects his rebuilt son - without almost any angst at all. Did
they tailor this plot to the cast's acting abilities?
The inevitable story unfolds - with the evil president chasing the boy
for his power source and the boy joining a "rebel" group on the
polluted earth, lots of meaningless battles, big boss battle to end and
so on blah, blah, blah.
Essentially anything with Mr Cage in it gets a leery reaction from me
but I'm always ready to try. This film is a lifeless waste of animators
time and I'm sure most of the actors hurried away from it to do better
Don't bother with it....
nil911 watch The Shoes Of The Fisherman movie
mmmwatch watch Honkytonk Man movie
ooh man i miss this movie so much.
kafaniwa watch Lend A Paw movie
the new harrypotter wasn't at all satisfactory because of it's harsh ending.
kafaniwa watch Without Warning movie
the new harry potter was also not satisfactory because of its storyline.
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i really love this movie... reminds me when i was still a little girl.. it's perfectly as i expected....
this is a great movie, recomended for young viewers..........
wow this movies is fantastic.
wow!! that a great movie and the technology!!.
The Best Movie I've Seen in 2009
(Contains some Christian perspective. I sincerely have no intention to
offend non-Christians and I'm really sorry if I would offend someone.)
It was winter of 1961, a time when the streets of America was covered
in a blanket of snow. On January 20 that year, a man who may have been
the most popular president in the nation made his way on top of the
platform. For the next fourteen minutes, he delivered an inaugural
address that is still honored to this very day. At the end of that
speech, he made this comment: "Ask not what your country can do for you
- ask what you can do for your country." That president, was John F.
I loved that line, until I realized that there's something more we can
do to augment that passage. If I would rephrase that line today, I
might as well say, "Ask not what your country can do for you - neither
ask what you can do for your country - but ask what you and your
country, or better, you and the whole world, can do together." Astroboy
was a showcase for thinkers. As for me who has been dealing with
morality for all I know, find this movie among the most amazing I've
ever watched. Some may not care about slavery, power trip, or life's
purpose... but I do... and it's my passion.
I sat down the theater expecting little from this movie as people have
given it negative remarks. Yet at the end of the show, I was perhaps
the most ecstatic who walked out of the big screen.
The animations were great. The voice actors? Just wow! And the sounds?
Wonderful. These however, are less concerns for me. For what made me
love Astroboy the way it is weren't these although they have obviously
contributed somehow. What I loved about Astroboy is the philosophy tied
to it mainly: Slavery, Power, and Purpose.
On Slavery, One may not have to think too deep to see how humans in the
movie treated the robots. Hasn't it been an issue that the world is
trying to wrestle? the fact is that it was, and still is. To treat
slaves as nothing more than mindless creation built for the service of
the greater is to make a mockery of the sanctity of life. I can see it
through the eyes of the makers because we have house-helps here... and
I would say that sometimes, they weren't treated as they are supposed
to be. We must never forget that any time we discriminate someone
because of their race, social status, culture, economic status, or even
gender, is an insult to humankind. I can see the robots here that
portrays the feelings of the servants who are simply thrown out when
they are no longer needed. There was a scene (SPOILER ALERT) in the
movie where Astro had a conversation with one of the Robots in a sea of
scrap metals called the Surface. "This is what happens to us when they
don't need us anymore," shares the robot, who looked like a mechanical
zombie. This is saddening as I look at street children abandoned by
their parents and old grandparents abandoned by those whom they once
had taken care of. Perhaps, this could help us, not open our eyes, but
more so, to lift our entire body for action.
On Power, Albeit comically, this has done a great job in portraying the
some presidents of the world today. As bad as it may sound, President
Stone had been on his own trip for power, bypassing moral judgments
with his own ambition to power... and even when his ratings plunges all
time low, insisted on maintaining his throne through
extra-constitutional means. I've once heard of the saying, "power
corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." He who cannot handle
power, deserves no right to hold it. The movie portrays what happens
when a power monger goes on a power trip and those in position turns a
blind eye. Again, this hopefully, can help us move one step forward in
an action to keep the sanity of our leaders in check.
On Life's Purpose, Astroboy definitely had a one liner that made me
love the whole thing. (SPOILER ALERT) At the end of the movie, a
monster suddenly appears that threatens the life of many. Astroboy
looked at his dad and prepares to battle the villain. His father asked
him, "Son, are you sure you want to do this?" Astroboy, without batting
an eyelid, smiled at his dad saying, "Yes dad, this is what I was made
for." and flies away.
"This is what I was made for." In regular terms, this doesn't mean a
thing. For Christians, this means the whole world. Any Christian who's
been serving in the ministry will tell you that those seven words mean
so much. Ephesians 2:10 seems to sum it all up. It says, "For we are
God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do." This is what we are made for. Let's
not forget that God has planted a longing for every person to do the
right thing because that's exactly what gives life its direction. Every
time you do good, you move forward in life. This is what God has made
us for. My friends, let us not forget our mission here. This is our
Conclusion? I love it. I love Astroboy and if there's one movie that I
wanna watch again, there's no doubt, this is the one. I've never made
such an extensive review of a film. This just shows how much I loved
it. People won't appreciate Astroboy if they are not action oriented
and philosophically driven. But if you look for the things you can
learn after seeing the movie, Astroboy is one thing you're gonna enjoy..