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Galerians - Rion (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Science Fiction , Post-Apocalypse, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 73 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German
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It is a bleak, dystopian future and the Earth is ruled over by a supercomputer called Dorothy who proclaims herself to be God. In order to protect herself and her power, Dorothy created enhanced humans called Galerians with powerful psychokinetic abilities to rule over other humans and prevent uprisings against her rule. One Galerian, however, a young man named Rion, has both the powers granted by Dorothy and the freedom of mind to seek out her destruction. Could Rion be the source of Earth's revolution against such a powerful force? ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Mom, I'm Glad I Got Weaned by eggshape April 30, 2004 - 10:23 PM PDT
Imagine if Sigmund Freud, Nancy Reagan and ILM had teamed up to make a CGI fusion of The Terminator, The Matrix, and Akira. The plot revolves around genetically-engineered teens who use enhancing drugs to engage in supra-natural mortal-combat with lesser humans, robots, and ultimately, a well-siliconed godlike supercomputer named Mother. It's a bit of an over-reaching commentary on the modern family. Flashwise, it's pretty, sometimes gory. Certain scenes were too darkly animated or were white-backed "dreamscapes", as if to hide the lack of details. I listened in Japanese and the storyline tatters in certain places (perhaps the translation is off). One just has to make the necessary adjustments, although accepting the premise is quite a leap. The prior reviewer has a point about the panning, but I think that may be as much about showing off the 3D environment as it is fudging the complexities of animating human faces.

3D Animation without a story by MSorrels April 9, 2004 - 7:45 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The entire film is rendered CGI. The quality of the rendering is about par with most Playstation2/Xbox cut-scenes. The texture work is very nice, but the models aren't very high quality. The animation is very low-quality. Things just don't move right. Even by anime standards the facial animation is weak. But you could overlook all of that if the story was decent. Sadly it isn't.

It's pretty obvious that this may have been intended to be a video game and not a movie. It's divided up into chapters. The characters really have little to no depth to them. The main character starts out without his memory. Video game "plots" rarely make good movies. In this case it's worse since it's not a very good video game plot either.

Even if you could overlook the plot consisting of a mad-lib style picking of a half dozen common anime-like themes (AI take over the world, kid with powers, main character with no memory, etc) the constant 360 degree pans of the camera makes me think that who ever did the camera animation has never seen a film. At first it was annoying, but it never stops. Constantly the camera is spinning around characters as they talk. My only guess is they do this so you don't notice the lack of facial animation since the camera only rarely shows the face.

Even if your very passionate about 3D animated movies and what it means for film making I'd say this one isn't worth your time. At best it's a lesson in the importance of story and the value of standard camera work.

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