Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (Evangerion Shin Gekijoban: Kyu) (NR)

Action/Adventure 106 min. January 10, 2014
By Sherilyn Connelly
The relative box-office failure of Pacific Rim in the United States suggests that we don't have much of a hunger for "big robots battle big monsters" slugfests, but the picture did do much better in the rest of the world, where the genre has long been popular. Case in point: Hideaki Anno's mecha anime Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the third in a four-film reboot of the 1990s Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series. Jumping forward 14 years from the events of 2009's Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and deliberately pulling the narrative rug out from under both eternally emo series protagonist Shinji (Spike Spencer) and the audience, this Evangelion is darker and more mythos-oriented, forgoing the reliable robots-fighting-aliens action of the first two films for a dense, oft-incomprehensible story still featuring lots of Shinji's trademark brooding and wide-eyed confusion as he deals with a world that's turned against him. Even without the usual monster mano-a-mano, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo does not lack for action, offering plenty of animated eye candy in the form of the usual big ships, impossibly futuristic technology and a pleasing, purple-heavy color palette. There's enough here for the uninitiated to enjoy, especially the uninitiated who can divorce themselves from the need to follow the story.
Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Mahiro Maeda, Masayuki Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Maaya Sakamoto, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Akira Ishida, Fumihiko Tachiki, Motomu Kiyokawa, Miki Nagasawa Hideaki Anno Hideaki Anno, Toshimichi Ohtsuki Eleven Arts

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