And it once again proceeds to blow my mind!
Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)
Directed By: Shinsuke Sato
Gantz: Perfect Answer was released the same year as the first Gantz film. And it also concludes the story of the first all the while adding a whole lot more to it, making one of the most epic stories I’ve seen on screen in a very long time. I’m sure after seeing these films, America wishes it could make two films based off a comic that are as awesome as these films. But until The Dark Knight Rises comes out and we see if it matches up at all with The Dark Knight, I’m afraid we don’t have anything else comic based that comes close to Japan’s Gantz and Gantz: Perfect Answer. And be sure to watch these with subtitles and not over-dubbing. You’ll thank me for that I’m sure..
Picking up month’s after our last film, Kurono is still doing his thing for GANTZ trying to gain 100 point to resurrect Kato. The team is still the same as we last remember, with a few new faces. But in an odd twist, some of the games old players who have already reached 100 points and chose to leave the group are now once again back. Is GANTZ doing this? Why would he be doing this? And also why is there another Kato running around when he’s supposed to be dead? Toss in a new group of pissed off aliens and a very nosy man, and you have what might just be a near perfect end to GANTZ.
While the first film was leaning more towards horror (in a lot of ways), this time around you’ll notice it’s more action than anything. While the story is much more complex and the film is way more character driven, the action scenes in this one are off the charts. Early in the film we have a very lengthy subway battle between the GANTZ team and a team of pissed off aliens. This brings us some early dramatics as our team still has a habit of find themselves in situations that look nearly impossible for them to walk away from. But this turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg with this over two hour long film. One that like the one before it, never does seem THAT long because it’s so interesting and so much fun.
But as I noted, mixed in with the action is some of the best character driven moments you can find in 2011. Since Kato’s death in the first film, Kurono has been trying to help out with his little brother until he can resurrect him. And if the stuff with GANTZ wasn’t already confusing him and complicating things with his love interest, Tae-chan enough. Tthings are taken up to another interesting level when the story ends up with two Katos and GANTZ selecting poor Tae-chan as the next target. And the conflict within the team goes into full force when GANTZ offers an instant 100 points to whoever kills her.
This movie just keeps adding layer upon layer to the story and it all ends up with one of the longest “final battles” you’ll see. As a matter of fact, the final showdown between the team and the aliens makes up a very large chunk of the film. While maybe things do go just a bit too far over the top at times, the drama is on a high and you just never know how things will end up. The film even guts you a few times with the emotional impact of what takes place on the screen. But when all is said and done, you get a very satisfying ending that wraps up things very nicely. And while things seem to be pretty much finalized by the events that take place. I also think the movie leaves just enough for a third film if they ever want to make one.
Gantz and Gantz: Perfect Answer make up possibly the best one/two movie punch I’ve seen since Kill Bill vol.1 and vol.2. And if I am to be perfectly honest, both set of films work great to make a whole story. And both seem to be designed that way, Kill Bill for sure and this one in it’s own right went into production at the same time as the first. It might take a while to watch both Gantz films, but it’s worth every minute.
The Rating (9/10)