Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
Once again I’ve spent far too long between watching a movie and reviewing it and I’ve forgotten far too much about it. Oh well, I’ve stopped caring long ago and I assume so have you, if you even ever cared in the first place.
In the not-too-distant future, there’s a social networking website which everyone in the world is a part of and every facet of their lives is tied into it. Of course, one day an evil computer program designed by the US military for war purposes takes over the site and sends life into chaos. More than that, it threatens the world with a satellite that it plans on crashing into the only group of people that can stop it: a college kid who happens to be visiting the family of the girl he likes because she asked him to pretend to be her boyfriend to make her grandma happy.
The movie is mostly about the large, diverse family, and the several subplots involving family drama and comedy that the Japanese tend to be really good with. Despite the large amount of characters, they’re all fleshed out really well and they all feel like real, even interesting, people. The premise of seeing what would happen to a world so reliant on a website after it gets shut off is pretty interesting, too. Overall, it’s a pretty good movie. I’d probably even watch it again.