Cast / crew
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.
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.