Truthfully, I know next to nothing about “Astro Boy,” other than it’s an upcoming movie directed by “Flushed Away” mastermind David Bowers which stars Kristen Bell, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson and Charlize Theron, among several others. I generally don’t follow goofy-looking CGI pictures or manga-based movies very often, but there’s something about this movie that keeps snagging my attention. Judging from the trailer I watched this morning, it looks pretty snazzy, although I’m still pretty much in the dark about the movie as a whole. Since the Internet is ripe with all sorts of information, I’ve included a brief synopsis to bring myself up to speed. If you’re just as clueless and out-of-touch as I am regarding this project, perhaps this plot summary will benefit you, as well. How genuinely helpful.
An origin story set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fullfill the grieving man’s expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father (Nicolas Cage) who had rejected him.
Could be good, though chances are I’ll wait for it to arrive on DVD to check it out. The trailer, meanwhile, rests just a few inches to the south. Summit Entertainment will release the film on October 23rd.