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Steamboy (PG-13)

Release Date: March 18th, 2005 (NYC-AMC Empire 25 & Landmark Sunshine)
The Cast: Anna Paquin(voice),Patrick Stewart(voice),Alfred Molina (voice)

BASIC PREMISE: Set in the 1860 in England. A young inventor must hide a "steam ball" from the hands of the Ohara Foundation, who would use the ball to fuel their weapons of mass destruction.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The mixture of 3D CGI and 2D animation is very fun for the eyes. The scenes showing the steam are very realistic. There is a lot of action as the young boy runs away from the bad guys who try take the steam ball away from him. The sound effects are also very good during the many action scenes--especially during the last third of the movie. The movie itself is very inventive--pun intended. The backgrounds and foregrounds are very intricately drawn. The movie is an animation labor of love. It is truly a feast for the eyes and ears.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: This movie is exhilarating and thought-provoking. The timely message in this movie is that science should be used for good causes, such as improving mankind rather than for warfare. If only countries would think this way nowadays.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Anna Paquin's voice of the young inventor, who is a boy, sounds too girly. Why couldn't the casting director simply find a young male to lend his voice?


THE BOTTOM LINE: A highly entertaining, well-made animated movie with exhilarating action scenes and an plot with a timely message to think about.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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