Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lupin the Third (2014) Fantasia 2015

From Ryuhei Kitamura who made the Godzilla satire FINAL WARS and the pretty good horror film MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN comes this send live action adaption of the classic character.

The plot of the film has Lupin and his friends taking on Michael Lee a member of their organization known as the works. Michael and his gang crash a big meeting, kill the head of The Works and steal a valuable necklace along the way. Lupin and his friends vow revenge and  go after Micael leading to a year long chase- all the while chased by Zenigata of Interpol.

Overlong slowly paced this is a film that's kind of heart breaking. Its a film full of great set pieces, accurate live action portrayals of the animated characters but a plot line that is far from compelling. Actually the plot is such you simply won't care, you'llbe like me hoping for the next action sequence while you're trying to deduce why this film two and a quarter hours long.

Its not bad but its not as interesting as its animated predecessors

Worth seeing streaming but I'd take a pass if I had to pay movie theater prices

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