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DVD Review: Ganz 2: Perfect Answer

Release date: 6th February 2012

Gantz is based on the hit manga series created by Hiroya Oku and here we have the second part of the film version. To recap, in the first film, we saw two former friends, Kurono and Kato, reunite and then they find themselves staring down an oncoming train. They wake up in an apartment with a mysterious, all knowing large black ball calling itself Gantz. Gantz informs them they can earn their life back by killing aliens in ‘games’.  And accumulating the magic 100 points needed to either wipe their memory and be set free or resurrect a fellow alien killer. The film ended with the death of Kato and Kurono vowing to resurrect him.

Gantz 2: Perfect Answer has the rather mammoth task of answering all the questions raised in the first film, which worked so well because it was a simple action film with sci-fi elements and a points-for-killing game at the centre. The God-like black orb pulling all the strings was almost more entertaining because we as an audience did not know its true motives.

Perfect Answer starts off low key with a plot thread involving a reporter following the incidents from the first film and trying to track down the missing ‘players’. The reporter finds himself in a room full of aliens who have sworn revenge on the Gantz ‘players’ for the killing of the aliens. And into this mix we have an alien who has taken the form of the soon-to-be resurrected Kato, all of which seems to be heading to an exciting climax, presumably.

(Image courtesy of Manga Entertainment)

The first set piece of the film comes along just in time as the story does seem to be going nowhere fast. We have a showdown on a subway train between our heroes and the revenge seeking aliens. The battle has everything from the slaughter of innocent bystanders to katana-like sword duels, and is very well executed and almost worth the wait. The action does need you gloss over the fact that despite having head-popping guns at their disposal, they choose to use their swords to kill the aliens. But this is forgivable as the sword fighting does look a lot cooler and offers up more tension in the fight scenes.

(Image courtesy of Manga Entertainment)

Now we go into another set piece with the resurrected Kato versus the alien, which brings forth more revelations and plot strands. We also find out that Gantz is coming to its final phase. Unfortunately this is not well handled plot-wise as it becomes too dense to wade through despite some quite strong performances from most of the principle cast.

Gantz finishes with what it does best, action. There is the final showdown which again is handled very well and makes you wish there was a lot more. True, there are some scenes which we can see would be better suited to Manga or animé, but they still impress.

(Image courtesy of Manga Entertainment)

To conclude, the feeling we get from Perfect Answer is, does good action scenes make a good movie? All the mystery from the first movie has been lost by the end of Perfect Answer and it leaves you feeling a little flat, particularly as the answer to Gantz and its war against the aliens was never going to live up to the promise of the first film. The film feels over-long and could have been wrapped up a lot sooner. The plot in-between the action seems dull, which is a shame as the first movie was a lot tighter and in turn was more enjoyable. Perfect Answer has a lot of good action scenes and acting, but doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by its predecessor.

Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 6th Februsry 2012

Certificate: 15

Running time: 120 mins

Genre: Live action/Sci-Fi

Director: Shinsuke Sato

Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Kenichi Matsuyama

Review written by Dean Hilliam.

The double pack featuring the first Gantz movie will also be out on the 6th February 2012

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