Astro Boy (2009) – 6/10 computer animated science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Freddie Highmore: Astro, Toby
Kristen Bell: Cora
Nathan Lane: Hamegg
Eugene Levy: Orrin
Matt Lucas: Sparx
Bill Nighy: Dr. Elefun
Donald Sutherland: President Stone
Charlize Theron: "Our Friends" Narrator
Nicolas Cage: Dr Tenma
Director: David Bowers
Producer: Maryann Garger
Writer (Original Manga) Astro Boy: Tezuka Osamu
Writer (Story): David Bowers
Writer: Timothy Hyde Harris
Writer: David Bowers
Creative Consultant: MacOto Tezka
Creative Consultant: Yoshihiro Shimizu
David Bowers: Mike the Fridge

Astro Boy (2009)

Metro City’s Head of the Ministry of Science and "Father of Robotics" Dr Tenma builds himself a robot replacement son and fits him with a few unusual extras.

6/10

Astro Boy is a big improvement on writer / director David Bowers previous movie Flushed Away. The first chunk of the movie is rather good because the topics are unexpected and interesting. They involve death and abandonment and shocking rejection. Nicolas Cage gives the animators something to work with and together they produce some affecting scenes. Then the movie shifts from the floating Metro City to Earth, leaving all the interesting stuff in the air and devolves into the kind of movie you thought it was going to be: off-the-shelf dialogue, instantly forgettable characters and the lazy fall-back theme of ‘finding yourself.’ However, it’s always fun, consistently funny when it tries and very crisply directed.

This movie contains extreme robot violence, some potentially upsetting scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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