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2 Ratings: 3.5
Art House & International and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Takashi Yamazaki

There's not a single original idea inReturner, but that doesn't stop this Japanese sci-fi action thriller from being a whole lotta fun. Combining elements of (what else?)The Matrix,E.T.,The Terminator, andIndependence Day, plus a dash ofBack to the Future(among … see full wiki

Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Genre: Foreign, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
1 review about Returner

Better Than I Thought

  • Nov 6, 2006
Returner will no doubt remind you of some other films especially it's actions scenes which remind you a lot of the Matrix but somehow it is still a powerful movie. The thing about it is that the story may be lacking a bit or the plot but when all the elements are put together this film can't be stopped. Returner is about a young teen named Milly (Anne Suzuki) from the future that is in the middle of a war between aliens and humans. In the future they finally got time travel figured out so she is quickly sent back from 2084 to 2002 to stop the war from ever happening. She runs into a loner named Miyamoto who has a couple of secrets and a lot of skills that can come in handy. The movie from there is like a dream and by the end it seems like it never happened.

The stunts and special effects in the Returner is amazing, the fight choreography is sick and the gunplay will remind you of a video game or the anime Mezzo. I think that the only problem with Returner is that it is a little too long; it feels like 3 hours long when you're done watching it. After a while you might start to forget some of the keys to the story. On the acting side this movie was executed near perfect and the characters are interesting enough for fans to desire a sequel but that's unlikely. Returner is a good movie and almost perfect one but it could use some polishing, hopefully a sequel might come up soon.

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