Somewhere in Tokyo, there is a room. In that room is a black sphere. Periodically, people who should otherwise have died are transferred to the room. There, the sphere gives them special suits and weapons, and sends them out on a mission to kill aliens here on Earth. While these missions take place, the rest of the world is largely oblivious to them. These missions are lethal - few participants survive them. The sphere calls the shots, and it's not the slightest bit nice. Its name... Gantz.
Directed by: Yasushi Kawamura
, Keiichi Saitô
. Starring: Chris Jai Alex
, Tony Azzolino
, Lucien Dodge
, Doug Erholtz
, Todd Haberkorn
, Saori Hayami
, Mao Ichimichi
, Shûichi Ikeda
, Yuki Kaji
, Tomohiro Kaku
, Cherami Leigh
, Kyle McCarley
, Teruaki Ogawa
. Music by: Yorihiro Ike
I understand that 'Gantz' is some sort of video game or manga cartoon show or some sort of combination, and for fans of that whatever-it-is this might be something fun, but you definitely need a backstory because - for someone who's had no previous clue as to what this whole 'Gantz' might be (like me), and just gave it a watch because Netlix - this whole thing is just too ridiculous and too terrible to watch.
The animation isn't good. It looks good in stills, but when things start moving the physics just feel off. The facial expressions are terrible. The action director isn't John Woo. In the opening scene some monster grabs a car (this looks weird, as the car seems to have no massinertia) and throws it at a lady. The car (in slo-mo) comes at her and is about to crush her, but then (not in slo-mo and way too fast to see what's happening) a fellow on some sort of motorbike-like machine intervenes to save her, but he bounces the car away like it's a balloon instead of a massive car. (So physics again way off). I'm sure this intervention is supposed to look cool and heroic, but because of the poor use of slo-mo and terrible physics, it just looks weird and is anti-climactic.
(Also, this whole time the viewer who has no foreknowledge of this video gamecartoon show doesn't know what's going. The puppets say some stuff which I'm sure makes some kind of sense to the initiated, but to the uninitiated it was just silly.)
Then some other stuff happens which also sucks. A guy with unnatural facial expressions and body movements is stabbed and dies, but comes back to life to discover he is now in a video game of some sorts. The viewer is supposed to accept this without any backstory andor explanation as to why, who, what and where - my guess is because the movie is made for people who already played this game. (So don't bother if you haven't, I reckon.)
Also the suits and the guns. They don't look cool. They look cool on the lady, but for the men they're just too effeminate. Some guys from Osaka were supposed to look masculine and tough and definitely of the heterosexual persuasion, but because of the tight ladysuits and flaming snowboots they're wearing they simply don't. So when they start to sexually harass the lady at the first sight of her, it just feels ridiculous, like they're overcompensating.
Anyway, this is when I switched it off, about 15 to 20 minutes in. Don't bother if you're not a fan of this cartoongame already.
Review by J. Krekel from the Internet Movie Database.