Whilst it was a Japanese box office behemoth, Attack on Titan fails to deliver on its gargantuan potential in the first of Shinji Higuchi’s manga adaption two-parter.
Expansive source material and high audience expectations have been smothered by wooden acting and a minimal SFX budget. This unholy alliance has produced a disappointing blockbuster smash, but one with zippy action and blood-strewn horror.
Lavish sets, intriguing world building and half-cut character development creates an underwhelming manga/anime adaption that’s engrossing to watch, as teeth chomp and 50ft monsters gorge on fleeing villagers in full 18+ rated cinema gore.
The horror aspects create real fear, enrapturing your attention to the screen. It’s a shame, however, that the rest of the film is just horrific.
CAST: Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongô
DIRECTOR: Shinji Higuchi
WRITERS: Yûsuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama, Hajime Isayama
SYNOPSIS: In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, Eren (Miruna) joins the scouting legion to get revenge on the monsters who killed everyone in his town.