Akira was a revolutionary film which was made in 1988 directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on the original manga. Akira was the first anime film to be properly recognized in the western society opening the road for future Japanese animation.

The film is based in 2019 after the third world war which happened in 1988 within this film. The opening scene involves a biker gang fight which introduces the main characters quickly and effectively. This quickly leads on to an event where one of the main characters is injured in an accident after coming in to contact with an unknown supernatural entity. This concludes with his friends discovering him in this state. While the characters are panicking they are surprised by an army helicopter blinding them. While this happens the injured character is abducted by the government. Once being abducted the character is found to have potential psychic abilities, thus being forced in to a secret program by the government.

This leads to a psychological thrill ride with a complex accompanying story. Some of the main points of this that makes the film great is the films ability to make you think. This film created questions in the mind of the viewer of how they would react if they were in the same situation. The main character is given such an immense power within the film he struggles to control this emotionally and physically. This allows the viewer to show empathy towards the main character allowing them to put themselves in the protagonist’s shoes asking the question ‘would I be able to control this power?’

Another major positive of this film is it does not force you to see the scenario this film presents from one characters view. It allows you to see parts of the film through the protagonist’s eyes as well as the main hero’s. This allows you to take a more analytical view upon the film sparking off an unbiased debate of your morality. This does have a negative aspect to itself as well. It stops the viewer forming a good emotional connection with one specific character but in the end allows a general overview of every character.

The film’s scenes are greatly complimented with its unique music. The music varies scene to scene appropriately sparking off emotion within the viewer allowing a greater connection to the plot, characters and the scenes. The film even in present age has dated very well being visual stunning still in this day and age.

To conclude this film it is a very enjoyable film allowing you to spark of debate within yourself about your own morality as well as pleasing visuals and music. The only main negative I can express is due to its presentation of characters it prevents the viewer from forming any emotional bond with an individual character. Well worth a watch if you get the chance.

Written by

Richard Broadhead (with input from Anthony Ball and Ben Leonard)


The Official The Dark Knight Rises Trailer – Watch Now

A few days ago we supplied our fans with a fuzzy, bad quality teaser trailer that was leaked all over the net after the high quality trailer was banned all across the net. Finally, the trailer has been officially released for all of us Batman fans and so we’ve decided to show you the trailer in top quality.

The trailer begins, with the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos, before footage of Batman in Batman Begins is displayed, with a voice-over from the main villain in Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), mentioning ‘what Bruce must become’. The trailer continues, showing a caption, “Every Hero Has A Journey”, and then, “Every Journey Has An End”.

The trailer then sees Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), who appears to be laying in a hospital bed, seeming a bit run down, with him talking to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), stating they are, “in this together”. Gordon then begs for Batman to return, before the trailer moves forward to a scene of Bane (Tom Hardy), before the camera scales a large building, moving up to the sky, showing the image we all know, the Bat logo. (see image, top right)

Well, here is the trailer for all of you to see:

The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit cinema screens in the UK and US on the 20th July, 2o12.

By Daniel Hart & Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer Leaked Online (UPDATED)

The teaser trailer for the upcoming movie, The Dark Knight Rises, has been leaked on to the internet. The movie, which although isn’t due for release until July 20th of next year, already has a trailer lasting 1 minute and 33 seconds long. If you do not wish to know what the trailer features, do not read the rest of this post. The teaser begins, with the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos, before footage of Batman in Batman Begins is displayed, with a voice-over from the main villain in Begins, Ra’s Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), mentioning ‘what Bruce must become’. The trailer continues, showing a caption, “Every Hero Has A Journey”, and then, “Every Journey Has An End”.

The trailer then sees Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), who appears to be laying in a hospital bed, seeming a bit run down, with him talking to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), stating they are, “in this together”. Gordon then begs for Batman to return, before the trailer moves forward to a scene of Bane (Tom Hardy), before the camera scales a large building, moving up to the sky, showing the image we all know, the Bat logo (see image, top right).

The trailer has been taken down all across the internet, but may still be up in a few places, if you do decide to watch the recorded version. However, if you enjoy highly anticipated movies in all their full, high-quality beauty, like me, you can wait until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits the cinema screens on Friday, and just wait until then. Or, alternatively, you could just watch it now, and then watch it in all its beautiful high-quality glory at the cinemas too.

Since this post we have got rid of the teaser trailer in low quality, since it’s release of the official Dark Knight Rises Trailer. Click on the link below to check out our new post that shows the official trailer:

The Official Dark Knight Rises Trailer

By Manpreet Singh

The Dark Knight Rises: Details on Pittsburgh Shooting

Carnegie Mellon from Above

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Latest reports have it that some scenes from the upcoming Nolan flick, The Dark Knight Rises, will be shot at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, under the working title of Magnus Rex. However, we’re also given some juicy details on what will be happening in these shootings. Apparently, a few things will be happening, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, don’t read the rest of this paragraph. Details include: “an explosion, a prison break, precision stunt driving, gunfire, atmospheric smoke, and controlled pyrotechnic explosions”, as reported on the CMU website. Further details also state, “One character drives a motorcycle through the fourth floor lobby, out the front doors and down the steps onto Fifth Ave.”.

And if this isn’t exciting enough for us Bat-fans, the latest news circulating the internet is that a teaser trailer for TDKR is set to be shown before the showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this weekend. This would make sense, as Deathly Hallows Part 2 is Warner Bros’ biggest movie of this year, and it’s more or less a year until TDKR is released, so it would seem like a good idea for some promotional material to be released. However, although many sources are claiming that this will happen, it hasn’t officially been confirmed, so we’ll have to wait and see. Guess that’s one more big reason to be excited to go and see the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the cinema.

By Manpreet Singh

Cavill Cast for Upcoming Superman Movie

Henry Cavill at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival...

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The latest news, British actor, Henry Cavill, has been cast as the DC legend that is, Superman, in the upcoming Superman reboot. Cavill, who starred in such movies as Watchmen, and 300, also auditioned for the role of Batman in Batman Begins, along with being considered for the role of Bond in the blockbuster hit, Casino Royale. He is currently in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals“, playing Theseus, a greek warrior who takes on Mythological Gods, including Zeus and Poseidon.

Warner Bros. claim they are trying to make Superman as “contemporary as possible“, stating that although different to previous actors portraying Superman, i.e. Christopher Reeves, Brandon Routh, Cavill is “big and strong, and has a very modern feel to him“. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) will be directing the movie, which is already a brilliant start to this sure hit reboot, which will be released some time in 2012. I’m sure this is a movie that everyone will be talking about.

By Manpreet Singh

Inception Revisited: Setting The Bench-Mark

Leonardo DiCaprio at the Body of Lies film pre...

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Rarely do I give a film a film of the year title so early but I’m seriously considering giving this one a Hall Of Fame already. Inception could of being a horror film, a sloppy 3D film or one of them films where there’s action no dialogue for 90% of it. But Christopher Nolan decided to keep it a Sci-fi/thriller which suits the mood of the film perfectly.
Let me give you a little history to this film, Chris here wrote the story  for Inception 10 years ago and originally pitched it to Warner Bros. But what makes this guy a good director and productive is he could of make this film 9 years, but decided to gain experience in other large scale films before he made this one. You get Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and what brilliant films they turned out to be. The concept of inception is so simple, yet the film makes it seem like a mind-blowing concept. The plot production must of been a head-scratcher not only because the film had to define 4 levels of dreams, but to also convert it into different perceptions of time. The deeper you delve into levels of dreams the faster time goes, here’s a swift example, 10 seconds in level 1 would be 10 minutes in level 2, an hour in level 3 and 10 years in level 4. That’s not the exact science of it but you get the drift. And the fact that you understand this concept in the film makes you think doesn’t it. They could of properly messed up the complexities and explained it wrong but they didn’t.

The film also manages to give empathy to the audience, its quite emotionally driven. The main character Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a deceased wife who haunts him in his dreams, and the reason she is dead is because he used the idea of inception on her. There is actually a certain scene in the film that explains how his wife killed herself and it actually makes you feel upset and for a film that is mostly based on science fiction terms I was pretty surprised that it hit me hard. The main plot of the film is that Dominic has to build a dream world to plant an idea in someone’s head for Mr. Saito and in return he gets to go back home. The reason he can’t go home is because the police believe he killed his wife but luckily Mr. Saito has contacts and enough money to call off the police. By planting a dream in Robert Michael Fischer Jr to making him think that he doesn’t need to take over his dying fathers business (which is affecting the stocks and shares in Mr. Saito’s) but to make his own business seems a large task for Dom. Sounds complicated I know but the film explains it good enough. The main plot driving the story forward is that Dominic Cobb wants to see his children back at home again and also getting rid of his wife from his dreams.

The acting in this film is really good, DiCaprio is having a good year to be honest, his Performance in Shutter Island was frame perfect and now Inception, I think he’s set for a male actor award soon. Other performances that stood out is the architect of the film, and when I say Architect I mean the person who creates the dream world by pure imagination. This person is Ariadne, a graduate student played by Ellen Page. She stands out in the film just as much as Leonardo and I think these two stole the lime light, in my opinion of course.

What I enjoy most about this film is it sets the bench mark of How to make a good film. And Christopher Nolan is giving a perfect example to young upcoming producers and directors out there of how to take your time and be patient. Not only has Chris made the best batman film to be made in the Dark Knight but out of his time from making bat man films he managed to make one of the best films of the year with Inception. He could of easily made this a dramatic horror action film and not given it much thought, but then it wouldn’t of been successful.

I don’t want to give this film 5 stars out of 5 but I am really tempted to. I can’t think much wrong with it. Even the musical score is perfect.
I’ve actually just sat here for 5 minutes and tried to think of a negative to bring it down.

But I give up.