This was a fantastic film and shows that Katsuhiro Ôtomo is still an incredible director, he's still got it. Although Akira still resides a bit higher, this movie has nothing it lacks in my opinion. The story is great, pitting it in the middle of the 19th century in Britain, a young inventor apart of a family if scientists working with steam power gets caught in the middle of an arms war when his grandfather sends him a crucial component called the "Steam Ball" and asks him to protect it from the same people he's working for. It appears his grandfather has a change of heart and feels his company is corrupt and will only use it for destruction, odd enough his son and father of the main character also works for the same company, but opposite feels the invention of the Steam Ball will further advance science and the world and can only help, the young inventor named James must choose, will he side with his grandfather and protect the invention from falling in the hands of greedy war profiteers or will he decide to help his father by showing the world how to harnish steam power and the power of the Steam Castle. Everything was great about this movie, the animation was stunning and the score of the music was amazing. If you're like me and prefer to watch everything in American, you won't be disappointed with the voice casting as they've gotten some very well known names that fit quite well. James (the main character) is voiced by Anna Paquin, who you might know from both X-Men movies and Darkness. Although the character is a boy, she does a fairly good job altering her voice to fit that of a 12 year old english boy. Jame's father (Dr. Eddie Steam) is played by Alfred Molina who played in Identity and is better known as his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2. Alfred has a great voice and I really enjoyed the character of Eddie, where he had a lot of dialogue that spouted was sounded more like speeches whenever he talked about science and how it's going to change the world. One of the biggest actors we all will know is Patrick Stewart who is well known for his Star Trek role and that of Professor X in all the X-Men movies. Patrick voices the eccentric grandfather of James who decides that the use of the Steam Castle and Ball are both for evil purposes and tries to prevent it falling into the hands of big business. Patrick does a great job with an off the wall type of role as the character was sort of loud and obnoxious. I am sure there is more I can say about the movie, but I don't need to, just go out and rent it...if you liked Akira and films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, I am sure you'll enjoy this pleasant flick.
As for Mortal Kombat: Annihilation...I can't say the same. I've seen this film before, but decided that since it's been such a long time since I have seen this, I was being nostalgic and decided to rent it and oh boy, what a horrible movie. Nothing in this movie makes sense...the story sucks and although you get to see a lot of characters from the game series, they do a horrible job of explaining them. The effects were disastrous and the acting was poor. Most of the actors you see from the original movie have been replaced which i always thought the first movie was pretty good and successful, but i guess they didn't think so to sign on for a sequel. This movie just sucks...the fighting doesn't even compare to the firt film and just, ugh...bad. I say...go and watch the first film...although it's not the best movie out there, it's definately better than this one and most action movies out there...and do yourself a favor, don't bother ever laying your hands on this release, i'm sorry for all the people involved.
Man, I've bought a lot of cd's because this local music store is going out of business which is unfortunate..but i've gotten like 40-50 cd's for less than $20...most not very to not known at all, but still...pretty cheap deals so I'm gonna be pretty damn busy when it comes to music.