• Bludgeoner86

    ★★★★½ Watched by Bludgeoner86 14 Nov, 2014

    One glance at the poster/cover of Summer Wars and one might expect... well I don't know honestly. A rabbit wearing a vest, a yellow squirrel and a girl with bunny ears? As it turns out these are avatars in the world's largest online community called Oz. These avatars have real life counterparts of course. Kenji is one such person, a boy in high school who actually moderates the online community part time with his friend Takashi. One day one of…

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  • Popkorn

    ★★★★★ Added by Popkorn

    I do go into some very slight spoilers here, and I also go on at length about the Digimon TV series. This is how much of a nerd I am.

    Summer Wars is not a great film on its own. The romance is underdeveloped, it keeps changing which character it puts the spotlight on without rhyme or reason, and it hardly seems to find any sort of direction until just before the very end. And yet, this movie flipped some…

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  • Jose González

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jose González 07 Nov, 2014

    Fantástica. Inteligentemente construída y maravillosamente animada. Lo mejor es la forma en la que están articulados los distintos niveles de acción; el plano de las relaciones personales y los conflictos de la familia protagonista con la amenaza mundial y el mundo virtual. Realmente te absorbe rápidamente.

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  • Marco

    ★★★★½ Watched by Marco 05 Nov, 2014 1

    Every now and then a film comes along that touches your soul in a special way. Hosoda's Summer Wars definitely fits into that category. It's bright,colourful and lots of fun. It has a story with heart and soul. And the concept of using a digital world of Oz where each living person has joined and created an avatar and mixing that up with the real world is just brilliant. Summer Wars is a highly recommended Japanese animation.

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  • Lee Towler

    ★★★½ Watched by Lee Towler 05 Nov, 2014

    Oh my days! I have a huge guilty pleasure for Digimon: The Movie and only recently did I realise the guy that directed that essentially redid one of the chapters of that movie in Summer Wars. The great bit about this though, is that Summer Wars isn't terrible!

    What surprised me though is that the digital world of Oz actually wasn't the greatest appeal the movie had for me. I watched this with the expectation that the family drama element…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★½ Watched by Bob Hovey 05 Nov, 2014

    The director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time takes on another sci-fi story, this one about the takeover of a virtual world (called Oz) by forces unknown.  A young computer whiz is accused of the crime and it is up to him (and the family that he's visiting) to clear his name and save both Oz and our own world from utter chaos. 


    The design of the virtual world is very imaginative and the cyber battle that takes place…

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  • cakefactory

    ★★★★ Added by cakefactory

    it's about a girl who tricks a guy who likes solving math puzzles into pretending to be her boyfriend for a family gathering, and then an evil AI invented by her long lost uncle takes over the internet and eats everyone in the world's avatar. Fortunately, the god of fighting on the internet happens to also be in her family and then they get a huge boat to power a supercomputer in their house to defeat the evil AI after…

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  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★½ Added by Jacob Gehman

    A fun little film that mixes family with sci-fi-style technology battles.

    For those familiar with Japanese animation, little here will actually surprise. Anime has done interesting technological stories and anime has done interesting family dramas before. Both are genres that anime has typically done quite well.

    But the combination will please anime fans who dig those genres for its excellent depiction of Japanese family--at least, what we Americans like to think Japanese family is like--and the fun technology plot.

    Things…

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  • Sian36

    ★★★★½ Added by Sian36

    I thought this movie was really touching and and full of emotion. Yet it highlighted a very real outcome of how society could end up being, I am certain that with where technology is going presently, this is likely to happen on some scale in the near future.

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  • That Guy Todd

    ★★★★½ Added by That Guy Todd

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Shane Smith

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Shane Smith 14 Dec, 2013

    The animated family film has transcendent beyond basic moralizing and funny films the entire family will enjoy. Summer Wars is noticeably darker than its Disney/Pixar counterparts - while not as dark as, say, your average Satoshi Kon film or the similarly-family-friendly-but-not-really works of Hideaki Anno, it's still heavy with the themes of mortality, honor, betrayal, and nationalism. Hell, one could argue that this is a pure nationalist film since the heroes are Japanese and the antagonist was unleashed by the…

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  • Jeffrey Chen

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeffrey Chen 15 Sep, 2014

    This movie has its weaknesses -- in particular, it runs the old anime cliche of employing the threat of a worldwide cataclysm in its third act (and this for a story about a family gathering), and it also makes this particular family's members and associates the catalyst for everything extreme that happens in the virtual world of OZ, from the code cracker to the fighting game expert to the freaking designer of the rogue A.I. That's a lot of coincidence…

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