My girlfriend had been wanting to see this movie for a while now, and so we finally got a chance to sit down and watch it tonight.
I was really drawn into the movie. Sometimes, I even felt like I could empathize with the main character, though I clearly haven’t experienced anything so psychologically traumatizing as the types of emotions this guy goes through. Still, it seemed as though the movie demanded that I sink in what I was seeing and gather enough through observation to feel moved in some way.
I think anyone who isn’t totally inhuman can relate to at least a small piece of the emotional complexity of what the kid goes through in the year of his life the movie represents, and it makes it easy to feel a connection with the character. I truly liked that about this film.
As much as I enjoy sitting down and watching a sci-fi action film with intense special-effects and nostalgic eye-popping future-lending glimpses of technology – films like this are definitely a welcome change when I happen upon them. Especially ones that seem to do such a good job.
I recommend it to anyone who likes films that depict the growth through adolescence with the addition of dramatic twists, and there was a pretty big one at the end of this movie.