Akira Movie Review by Ammar Akhtar

Akira is an anime movie directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo. Akira is about a biker gang member named Tetsuo. He's taken by a secret military group, and they begin to do experiments on him, which makes him a superhuman. He becomes very powerful, and later becomes a psychopath, destroying anything coming his way. It's up to his friend Kaneda and another group of kids who have powers similar to Tetsuo to stop him.

Akira another anime movie that I decided to give a try. After finishing it, I could do nothing but look at the end credits roll because this film is INSANE.

First off, this movie is a mind bender that will keep you wondering for a LONG time. Without spoiling anything, it's mostly at the end where it starts to become a more of a philosophical, surreal experience. I couldn't really tell what was going on, but I just couldn't look away because it was so intriguing to see. The plot description I gave above is a very simple format of the movie, but don't go in expecting a cool action flick. There are parts where it requires A LOT of heavy thinking, especially the ending.

Something else that really popped out was the drawings made. Everything in this film is hand drawn, and that's very hard to believe because there are a bunch of cities and motorcycles that require heavy detail. Surprisingly, the artists got everything right frame by frame. It's so hard to redraw everything over and over again, so I applaud them for doing something like that. I know I can't do it! 

I also loved the characters in the movie. The deterioration of Tetsuo was incredible on screen, and the scenes that built up to it were pretty weird, but in a good way. One of them took place in a hospital room in which his toys come to life and begin to scare him. That scene was just not normal at all. It creeped me out as well because it was done in a way that was so unordinary. Also, the group of kids that have powers similar to Tetsuo are probably the most interesting beings in the entire movie. Throughout the film, you wonder where they are from and how they were made. The movie does give hints as to how they came to be, but it also requires some interpretation from the viewer. I also liked Kaneda, Tetsuo's friend. He played a significant role in the film, and it was cool to see him and Tetsuo fight it out. 

Throughout my review, I've said a lot about how you need to think while watching this movie. I went into this film knowing nothing at all. All I knew was the poster and that some considered it a masterpiece. As I was watching it, it was confusing to follow because they leave a bunch of the historical concepts up to interpretation by the viewer. Don't expect the film to explain to you what exactly is going on because it won't do that. It's similar to deciphering an art film. You need to pay attention to specific details in order for it all to make sense.

Overall, this film is yet another beautiful anime film. It's a complex plot to understand, but it will have you thinking about it for a long time. The characters are very intriguing, especially the three superhuman kids. The deterioration of Tetsuo was very well handled as well. This is an excellent anime film that you should definitely check out if your a fan of movies. I will try to check out more anime movies and tell you my opinion because it's an art form that is highly underrated amongst the film community.

MY SCORE: 9.5/10