Blame! – The review of the original film on Netflix
Netflix has today published its animated feature, Blame!, based on the manga of Tsutomu Nihei and created once again in collaboration with Kodansha.
The californian company has not had time to upload the movie on its on-demand platform that I was already there, ready with popcorn and remote control to enjoy the return of Killy. Then an introduction is in order; if you still had not figured out I am a big fan of the work of Nihei, published from 1998 to 2003 (and has quickly become a cult classic of the genre), as well as too fond of the manga to be able to remain objective about it.
I will not try, not even an apology, the review you are about to read is part of (good and bad), the point. The only promise I can make is that it will not contain spoilers, and that I will try, where necessary, to be as objective as possible (but it will be difficult).
After the great Knights of Sidonia, born always from the collaboration of Netflix with Nihei, Blame! it was decided to take the road of the feature film. A brave choice for a period in which the series depopulated and are the master, that is concretizzta in an hour and forty minutes of entertainment for the eyes.
Even before the plot, which we'll talk about briefly shortly below, what is striking in the film are, in fact, the spectacular animations, models, particle effects and graphics overall, thanks to an excellent CGI, clarify one thing immediately: this is not a production of series B. Polygon Pictures is responsible for the splendid work done on animations, can marry to perfection with the environment, dark, and dystopian typical of the manga.
For those who do not know what you are talking about Blame!, we find ourselves in a world in which the humanity has progressed technologically to levels far beyond the conceivable (to make the idea, in Ghost in the Shell would be still in the stone ages), has lost control over machines and the city in which they live, the survivors . Infected by a “disease”, human beings are driven by the safe-guard, machines, mechs that have the only aim is to kill and exterminate any infected that are on their path. Huge machines, called Constructors, they continue the expansion of the city, one level after another, raising the structures on the structures in a maze of concrete and mazes in which the few survivors seek refuge.
In this scenario, Killy (Takahiro Sakurai), a mysterious figure, has the task of finding human beings who are still in the possession of genes terminals of the network, that is not infected and able to control the technology out of hand centuries and centuries before.
If the background of the film is common to read in the 10 volumes of the manga, it is not the overall plot.
A little’ as happens with The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones (to name but two tv series that all more or less familiar with), Blame! the direction in which it develops the story is the same of the comic, but the roads take different directions from what has been read, now more than 15 years ago. The job of Netflix analyzes the fact that may be only the very first issues of the works on paper, introducing two or three key characters and ending the narrative abruptly; leaving the doors open for a sequel which I guess, in the next few days, feel that we have to talk about.
The feeling is that of having scratched only the surface of the immense world behind the story of Blame!, failing to bridge the gap between short stories and the huge visual impact of the setting. In return, the decadent atmosphere of the manga feels, and is present around every corner, except for his side to strokes, splatter and gore of which you have only a few references.
The songs help to immerse the viewer in the scenes and more action, even if the similarity with the soundtrack created by Daft Punk for Tron: Legacy is a step away from plagiarism (unless they were to achieve it, but I didn't find mention of anywhere).
Overall, however, this is 105 minutes that the fans of old look gladly, even if only for the effect of nostalgia, being able, perhaps, to impress more than those of Nihei has never heard of.
I used all my objectivity daily, so I'll leave the final thoughts!
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