• Juanchi González

    ★★★★ Watched by Juanchi González 21 Nov, 2014

    !!!

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  • Kurz

    ★★★★ Watched by Kurz 27 Jan, 2012

    The world premiere! So Miike himself was present to tell us before the film to not expect lactating breasts and bloody appendages, but to look at his latest (well, technically he's made one since already that will be released in Japan in a few months...) with innocent eyes. For it is an adaptation of the popular game of the same name, which is evident from the insane outfits, hairdo's and behavior of most characters in the movie. The main character…

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  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★ Watched by Adrian Zachow 05 Nov, 2012

    Literal adaptation of video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney presents a convoluted story line that will be completely known to those who played the game. Those who haven't played the game are unlikely to actually be interested, and then might just be turned off by the film's silly tone, ugly design and cheap effects. Hiroki Narimiya as Phoenix Wright aka Naruhodo in native Japan, looks the part, though.

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  • Terése Flynn

    ★★★ Watched by Terése Flynn 29 Oct, 2014 4

    I like Takeshi Miike, even though his films may differ in quality I always find myself entertained. And how can you not get entertained by this? Sure, it took some time before you could really concentrate on the story. All the crazy hairdos and over exaggerated behavior being totally distracting. But you had just gotten used to it all in time for the big mystery to unravel.

    And speaking of the courtroom scenes, this is, as you probably know, a…

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  • Bunkerwelt

    ★★★★ Watched by Bunkerwelt 26 Oct, 2014 11

    Holy shit. This is hands down the greatest cinematic achievement since "Space Jam"!

    Japanese powerhouse Takashi Miike brings us a movie adaption of the popular video game "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney" and he hits the nail on the head. The game is about a young lawyer on trial and the player having to piece together the evidence while witnesses and attendees react with manga like facial expressions. The movie version of this is literally exactly the same. It's almost scary…

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  • ulurujamman

    ★½ Added by ulurujamman

    Continuation of Miike's lifelong ambition to make a terrible film in every genre.

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  • John Connor

    ★★★★ Watched by John Connor 03 Aug, 2012

    Based on a videogame, it's set in a weird alternate universe where trial lawyers are a mixture of sportsmen and warriors, and their debates are like battles (they also have outrageous fashion sense). It's lots of fun. I don't know if the twists and turns of the legal mysteries at the heart of the film would stand up to a second viewing (Japanese movie logic works in bizarre ways...), but the tone of the film was perfect: a deft and funny mixture of absurdism and high melodrama. I had a blast. (It's also probably the first ever *good* movie based on a videogame.)

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  • Jordan Collier

    ★★★½ Watched by Jordan Collier 12 Sep, 2014

    A wonderfully ridiculous adaptation of a wonderfully ridiculous series. Miike does about as well as you could with a Phoenix Wright movie. However, when you try to adapt ~20 hours of content into a two hour movie, things must be sacrificed. The movie moves at a breakneck pace for the first hour, leading up to the final trial. Most of the stuff in the first half rely on the viewer's knowledge of events that take place in the first game.…

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  • Rostova

    ★★★ Watched by Rostova 18 Aug, 2014

    I guess this was kinda fun but it felt too rushed.

    The games give you plenty of time to learn about the fun wacky characters, whereas this just skips loads of character building and interaction.

    Also Callisto is best girl in series

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  • tanker

    ★★★★½ Watched by tanker 11 Aug, 2014

    This is probably the greatest movie that stays daringly true to its video game source.

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  • Matthew Ramsey

    ★★★★ Watched by Matthew Ramsey 07 Aug, 2014

    Brilliantly stylized.

    It's difficult to make court-procedural films these days, considering how much material is taken up by Law and Order alone.
    That being said, between the effects, the acting and overall direction, it didn't much matter to me that the story wasn't exactly the freshest idea in cinema - despite the various "surprise" twists along the way.

    While I could easily be accused of Miike fanboy-ism, and rightfully so, I argue that rather than his usual splatter-fare, this film…

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  • Carl Ingebretsen

    ★★★ Watched by Carl Ingebretsen 03 Aug, 2014

    Right. It's probably time for a longer review than the last ones I've done. And since I've now been up for a consecutive 26 hours in a desperate and idiotic attempt to fix my sleep cycle, I have nothing better to do.

    So why didn't I love Ace Attorney? It was fun, it was full of twists, it was a strange courtroom thriller, it was blessedly Japanese all the way through. A goo way to describe it is if you…

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