Spriggan
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Animator of the groundbreaking animé classic Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo was the executive producer for this two-fisted Raiders of the Lost Ark-like animated action-adventure flick, based on a manga by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa. The film opens with members of the secret organization Arkam rooting around on Mt. Ararat -- the supposed landing spot of Noah's Arc. They not only find the Arc, they also discover death in the guise of a powerful magnetic beam that blasts them to nothing and takes out three U.S. satellites along the way. Six months later, Arkam member and high school student… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Characterisation is regulation thin, plotting largely nonsensical, 'camerawork' and effects increasingly pyrotechnical until an amazing final light show inside the Ark."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The Spriggan are specially trained troops placed all over the world for the purpose of guarding historical artifacts - kinda sci-fi Indiana Joneses if you will."
‑ Eric Campos, Film Threat
"Visuals are all that this movie has going for it. If the sound system in your theater dies, it won't make any difference."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Though 'Spriggan' manages to be both ludicrously convoluted and peculiarly childish, its worst fault is that it's mind-numbingly violent."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Much of Spriggan feels like an apocalyptic Arnold Schwarzenegger cartoon, with lots of automatic gunfire, rivers of blood and dialogue that could have been written by a theologically inclined 11-year-old with a thing for explosions."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Newcomers to anime would be better off checking out the likes of Ghost in the Shell, but fans of the genre won't be disappointed."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"A better-than-average anime adventure."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"It's often fun to look at, if that's your bag, but when Yu defensively exclaims, 'We can't all be Schwarzenegger,' you know how low they've set the bar."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This animated 1998 actioner about a Japanese superspy out to defend the world's most guarded archaeological secrets from evil Americans has to be seen to be believed."
‑ Jay Hardwig, Austin Chronicle
"What this one has above many of its stablemates is a storyline that favours fanciful 'reality' over unbridled science-fiction extravaganza."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Kawasaki can stage an action sequence with the best of them."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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