Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers)
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This sci-fi tinged, full-length anime feature opens on a peaceful future, where Earth has left the violent conflicts of war in the past. Human nature still craves the clash of battle, however, so private companies now stage "war as entertainment," creating fictional wars for ordinary people to read about in the paper. These companies call exclusively on the services of young people known as Kildren. One such Kildren - a young man named Yuichi - has been newly assigned to a base in the fictional war, but with no memory of his past and a mysterious woman named Suito watching his every… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The aerial action has been carefully crafted for excitement and offer impressive scenes of skylines full of fighter planes: the mix of CGI and 2D animation give depth and a gloss that would make Michael Bay proud."
‑ Mike Barnard, Future Movies UK
"If you're prepared to meet the film halfway, you'll find it an engaging, spectacular and thought- provoking experience."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian [UK]
"... a surreal, hypnotic quality broken only by the dynamic scenes of battle..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"If you're unfamiliar with the delights of anime, I wouldn't start with this one. But fans will adore it."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"The Sky Crawlers is Oshii's finest film since 2001's underrated Avalon and his best animé since the original Ghost in the Shell."
‑ Alex Fitch, Electric Sheep
"The technically proficient The Sky Crawlers is nice to look at and listen to...but by relying on zombified blank-slate characters, Oshii makes a point at the expense of engagement, much less entertainment. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"If at times too opaque for its own good, The Sky Crawlers is nonetheless a dark, engagingly surreal thought-provoker animated with Oshii's customary grace and flair."
‑ , Total Film
"how could a movie about the amazing sky-high acrobatics of aerial dog-fighting teenagers end up being so boring"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"The gun never goes off, but the possibility (the precipice) remains."
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
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