Summer Wars

Summer Wars

Samā Wōzu

DVD - 2009
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Kenji, a teenage math genius, accidentally cracks a security code and hacks into a virtual world and now must repair the damage and find a way to stop any further damage to the system.
"Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiancé at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI"--Container.

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theokim113
Feb 07, 2020

Can you reorder copies in Redmond ?

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black_dog_807
Dec 05, 2019

An amazing movie. I was hooked beginning to end. I loved every character in this movie, especially Grandma.

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Nursebob
Sep 21, 2019

Pokemon vs Tron in Mamoru Hosoda’s well-meaning bit of fluff which ultimately takes too long to say too little. With anime reminiscent of those old "Astro Boy" toons and a cast of cute little virtual emoji characters (the squirrel looks like something from "Happy Tree Friends", the bunny belongs on Xbox, and the big bad hacker hovers somewhere between a Hindu super villain and the demon from Disney’s "Fantasia") there is certainly a bit of retro charm at work. But the story too often gets mired down in familial sweetness and silly plot devices as the message of “People Stick Together No Matter What!” is repeatedly hammered onto our corneas—and those video game showdowns, while colourful, soon begin to loop back on themselves. Children will get the message and then forget it once the disc ejects while older kids will giggle at the cartoon violence and occasional cuss word.

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readyrisa
Apr 13, 2018

Fun and very entertaining!

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SterlingSilverOpal
Feb 14, 2018

A young math genius solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy Earth.

Director Mamoru Hosoda originally made the concept while working on the Digimon movie (its poor counterpart), and wanted to revisit it and give it the animation and full story it deserved. It lives up to his wishes as Kenji accidentally solves an extremely complex code allowing a virus to infect the virtual reality world "OZ" and starts wreaking havoc on the world, both virtual and IRL.

It's up to him and Natsuki's family to bring an end to the virus and save the world.

It's definitely worth a watch, if not multiple.

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scribby
Jun 05, 2017

Entertaining anime mash-up of Ender’s Game, War Games, and Ghost in the Shell. There’s a lot that’s familiar here: most of the characters are anime stereotypes who employ histrionics in the usual anime manner, the computerized virtual “Oz” looks a lot like the hackers’ matrix in Cowboy Bebop, and there is the expected brush with apocalypse. And yes, there’s a lot of kawaiiiii. However, everything is put together in new and interesting combinations: one would not expect, even in anime, for the rogue A.I. to appear as a malevolent Balinese deity, or the wise old grandmother to grab a samurai pike off of a display and wield it with considerable skill. There is an incredible amount of detail in the animation (there are scenes with at least ten major characters all in one shot, and all moving separately), and there are some lighting effects straight out of Makoto Shinkai. The plot is silly (in a good way), cyberpunk, and satirical all at once (it pokes fun virtual reality). All in all it’s a lot of fun.

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BACKCOVER
Feb 06, 2017

Good movie.

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booksmile
Jul 09, 2016

Interesting! The family parts are super real feeling (like the conversations with people interupting each other, etc). The OZ parts are pretty silly, but don't detract from the story.

LoganLib_Aavishka Aug 20, 2015

Not as good as I expected. Guess it just wasn't my type of movie. Wasn't terrible though

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Zenos184
Feb 09, 2013

I personally loved this movie. I've seen a lot of animes before, along with a bunch of anime movies, and I can say that this was one of my favorites. Entertaining until the very end.

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