A skyscraper detonates in Shanghai, causing a domino affect. Six buildings in total are destroyed. It is part of a series of attacks around the globe from an unknown assailant. For over 30 years the “00-series cyborgs” have lain dormant from their intended activity, instead interacting with humanity, one of who, Joe, 009, has had his memory continually re-set to preserve his lifespan. Joe looks like a boy band member, and is serving out his time repeatedly in high school. These nine humanoid robots were originally created in the 1960s to protect the population, and now under this grave threat, they are being activated to find out and stop the perpetrator.
“Cyborg 009” is a Japanese classic manga and anime back in 60′. 9 cyborgs are from different ethnic groups (Russian, American, French, German, Native American, Chinese, British, African and Japanese) and used to fight with villains under cold war world. It was way ahead of time because it contained many global profound human themes. I was just happy to see them back on the big screen under contemporary setting with a masterful direction by Kenji Kamiyama, well-known by “Ghost In The Shell SAC Solid State Society“. This is a great quality movie and must see for all Sci-fi anime fans. It starts with some unknown attacks on high rise buildings in major cities in the world like Shanghai, New York, Tokyo and Dubai. At first they believed it was US conspiracy, but it wasn’t.
A beautifully made film, with absolutely stunning action scenes that will take your breath away. Various buildings have been bombed in capital cities across the world, and the cyborgs have gathered with their creator to find out who the mysterious “His Voice” is behind it. The story itself is a simple spy plot, with unexpected character twists. The Cyborgs are as human as anyone and demand your affection for their faults, falibilities and heroics. Besides being a joy to look at, the characters are realistic, funny and very likable. You care about who is still standing at the very climatic, scenic finish, involving stupendous ariel shots of the cities and then the earth. The ending had a rather odd message but was a through delight.
It tries to be philosophical and action-packed at the same time, and while that can be done, it crams in loads of speculative dialogue about the nature of god, man, and the relationship between the two. Again, not a bad idea, but that’s all it is. It’s not developed enough to be called a theme. Plus, the animation looks dated, looking suspiciously like a 100 minute long video game cutscene. In regard to the 3D, subtitles do not work in the format. While everything else is in 3D, the subtitles themselves aren’t, meaning they get very prominent and look like they’ve been stuck onto the screen itself. 3D already messes with your depth perception, so attempting to watch the action and read the subtitles at the same time is next to impossible. Stuff happens, requiring explanation, but none is given. Maybe the movie is aimed at those familiar with Shôtarô Ishinomori’s manga? Avoid.