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I made a startling discovery whilst browsing the 'net to see what people thought of Titan A.E recently. I discovered that most 'professional critics' are stunnningly limited in imagination and most unprofessionally biased.
Alright, maybe it's not that much of a discovery.
First of all, it seems that many of them expected something like Star Wars and I for one am glad it isn't. It turned out to be a far more animated comic book tale, I suppose that's why it got such bad reviews, people were expecting the one-dimensional Star Wars characters they'd come to know and love and when presented with vibrantly real ones ... well, just see the reviews for yourself.
It's true that Titan A.E. does nod in the direction of a lot of things but in today's world of Science Fiction, what doesn't? The good thing is is that it nods in the right directions, towards comic books. It has very 'Piratey' overtones earlier on too, which is nice. The characters don't look or act 'normal' (thank the dieties), they act like themselves, as people out here in the real World do, with passions and motives.
The story revolves around Earth being destroyed, a bunch of people go on a gung-ho adventure to try and find the last experiment of the human race, one which can create them a new place to call home before the bad guys in the film (yep, the ones that destroyed Earth) can. Of course, wonderful bad guys they are too, being nicely anti-social and psychotic. The story also follows the evolution of Cale as he learns to feel again, learns to believe in something and gains a cause which he follows to the end.
As for the other characters; Korso is the Captain of the ship with more than a nod to the Marvel Corsair - which is nice. Except this one is even more rugged. He's been looking for Cale for a long time and believes he could be the last, best hope for humanity -- but there's a darkness to Korso that is only discovered too late.
Preed is just your average snooty slimeball. No one likes him, no one trusts him, no one wants to be around him. The Captain has him as his right-hand man if only in the knowledge that money can control Preed.
Gune is a rather mad Scientist except he breaks the mould by actually being interesting and funny, he's the kind of character you can love just for being him. All throughout the film he's just so zany.
Stith, oh what can I say about her? She's cute? Manic yet cultured ferality has always gone well with me. She's the weapons officer and it's surprising she just doesn't want to tear everything apart but of course, she's devoutly loyal. Mostly because of Gune.
Akima starts out as merely the ships Doctor but she's the one that reminds Cale of passion. She's a strong-hearted person who 'feels' their way through most situations on instinct and nature. Certainly not the logical type but she gets the job done.
That's the whole line-up. All in all the story is well told, the only thing I thought it could've used is one or two more extra characters - perhaps a beatnik type laid back person to offset the more active personalities in the film but for what's there, it's a film that'll make you laugh and possibly even cry.
Truly inspiring stuff.
It's vibrant. If vibrancy makes you want to hide behind your couch and shout "The horror! The horror!" then please, don't put another bland review up on the 'net, the rest of you, if you have the mental playground for it, you'll LOVE this.
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Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for Groups
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older