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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Director: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Manga Video
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films, Cel, Mecha
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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The wildly popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series winds to a captivating conclusion with this visually stunning anime feature from director Hideaki Anno. When the dawn of the new millennium brings destruction on Earth by means of the seemingly all-powerful angels, the only hope for the future of the human race lies in Evangelions -- bio-engineered crafts created from the Angel's technology. As three pilots gear up for the flight that will find them facing the greatest threat to mankind ever wrought upon the planet, a glimmer of hope remains that the humans will be able to defeat the angels and bring peace and prosperity to a planet torn apart by war with the destructive angels. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Adolescent psuedo-philosophy by shiftless April 5, 2008 - 11:16 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I was perfectly fine with the way the original series ended. Also, it had a variety of characters with depth, and a nice mix of action and personal relationships. This "movie" has none of those things. And if you found Shinji somewhat annoying and wishy-washy, be prepared to watch 80 minutes of him cry and do just about nothing but be a wet blanket. Then the long drawn out pseudo-philosophy that is present in way too many anime series kicks in, and its a slow boring ride that peters out all the way to the end. This one's for super fans only who just can't get enough.

you can die without seeing it by Hexmedia September 16, 2006 - 9:39 PM PDT
The Evangelion series is amazing, without doubt - definitely do not watch this unless you have seen the entire series. What's frustrating is that this is NOT the end to the Evagelion Series, but the end to the Evangelion movie "Death & Rebirth", which is supposedly a summary of the entire series. EXCEPT that they changed the ending and character plots. "The End of Evangelion" was supposed to finally bring a conclusion to a series that many fans felt was left hanging with no real ending. It ended up bringing up more questions than answers. I was happy with the way the series ended. I was confused, but satisfied. It left it up to the viewer to interpret the experience and what happened. This film just seems to be attempting to fill a gap that never needed to be filled. Absolutely beautiful in its own right, philosophical, intense, and personal, staying true to the feel of the series and of course great music, sound, and cinematography - but as an ending to the series, a bit of an overdone failure.

Evangelion as Snuff Film by JPrichard August 9, 2004 - 11:53 PM PDT
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Make no mistake: While the Evangelion series was a thoughtful adventure with some philosophy, "The End of Evangelion" is a horror movie.

While the series was alternatingly serious and silly, this movie is very dark, very graphic, and highly disturbing. Unsettling visuals and psychic bombs make this less of a coming-of-age-dealing-with-identity movie, and more of a series of hard-core visuals strapped onto a Call of Cthulu conceit.

To paraphrase one of the actors on this DVD's very worthwhile commentary track, this movie is like a wish-list of fan expectations, except horribly wrong.

Beautiful, disarmingly subtle, explicit, and horriffic, this is a very difficult movie to watch. The movie's plot is a look "behind the scenes" of the series more introspective ending -- and when the curtain is drawn back, we see something very frightening indeed. In every way, this external story re-telling gives answers, but unfortunately the "truth" turns out to be what we've been afraid of all along.

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