• 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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  • bailey

    ★★★★★ Added by bailey

    This film was all around fantastic. The direction and pacing were right on for the feel-good fun that it was. Each character felt real and the weight of their actions carried. In a short time, I felt so attached to the characters, I ended up crying like a baby twice. This film is a must see for anyone - yes, even if you don't like anime!

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  • Melissa_Chin

    ★★★½ Added by Melissa_Chin

    imagine being in a video game where the events play out in real life... intense.

    This film was really enjoyable and different from the other anime fims that i've seen.

    Liked it a lot. A mixture of happiness, love, death, grief and strong family bonds.

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  • Mischka

    ★★★★½ Watched by Mischka 29 Aug, 2014

    After hearing that my hope for ever enjoying anime was dwindling, a friend recommended this. My faith is restored.

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  • Rian Miller

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rian Miller 17 Aug, 2014 1

    I had a brief flirtation with anime when I was in high school because a bunch of my friends were into it. These days I still have a lot of respect for the genre, but find that it's hard to weed out the films and series' that will appeal to me. I'm not 100% sure how I heard about Summer Wars or what drew me to it, but it is easily one of the best anime films that I have…

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  • Will McGrew

    ★★★ Watched by Will McGrew 18 Aug, 2014

    Part Juu San of August is Anime Month

    "And if you remember nothing else, remember to find time to eat together as a family. Even when times are rough; especially when times are rough. There's no lack of painful things in this world, but hunger and loneliness must surely be two of the worst."

    If in 2004 you had told someone that Mamoru Hosoda would be one of the most exciting anime directors ten years from now, they probably would…

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  • Lorenzo Gallardo

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lorenzo Gallardo 14 Aug, 2014

    A really great take on where the world is headed and how we should focus on the important things like family and worldwide cooperation. :)

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  • Ethan Fardoux

    ★★★½ Watched by Ethan Fardoux 07 Aug, 2014

    While immensely enjoyable, I found Summer Wars to feel more like two movies than one cohesive one. There are two primary stories - a typical family drama, whose issues with each other are worsened by the second narrative, the impending hacker-induced apocalypse. These two stories stand well on their own, but when thrown together there doesn't seem to be much linking them. The characters don't have time to develop in the hacker world, and so the film ends up feeling…

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