Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.
Mouse watch for a Japanese sci-fi fan.great story and twists
This film manages to butcher the source content such that readers of the manga would be baffled by the decisions of what was omitted as well as the large amount by which the movie strays from the source material. The movie feels like the writers decided to stick to the source material faithfully for the first half, then give up and write the second half drunk while being narrated by a five-year-old. The film seems to tease a sequel yet the butchering of the material in the second half basically eliminates the possibility. (unless they reboot or do a film of the second manga instead.)In addition, the film also fails to provide a proper standalone package through the inclusion of unnecessary element such as Enokida Takumi, who gets surprising amounts of character depth even though he contributes nothing but confusion to the film.Personally I find that the film over-complicates the killing methods, choosing strange and "creative" killing methods (red marbles? really?) over the source material's straightforward blow- off-a-head-or-limbs-with-projectiles-or-lasers-and-let-the- associated-gore-fly approach.
Ted Moci (ippomakunouchi92)
Before I start my review, I want to say that I have not read the original manga, so I don't know how faithful this adaptation is. I started watching this movie without any knowledge about the plot, and I have to say, I was entertained a lot by it.The movie has a simple premise: a bunch of Japanese teenage students are forced to play a death game. It kinda reminds you of another Japanese classic: "Battle Royale". However, the execution of "As the Gods Will" is quite different. Apart from the usual gore and exploding heads, Takashi Miike fills the film with a healthy dose of humor and silliness, irony and some social commentary. While the cgi monsters may look a bit out of place in a horror movie, they kinda add something to the overall atmosphere.The acting in the film is overall fine, although none of the performances is worth mentioning, also due to the nature of the movie.Overall, this movie is a fast-paced and wild ride from start to finish. It ultimately delivers, as the puzzles are quite entertaining and manage to keep the viewer glued to the screen for the duration of the movie.
Based on manga with the same title, Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will) is a story of average high school students forced to play a series of deadly games. Takeshi Miike who has proved capable with such theme is the perfect pick to create a fascinating, occasionally humorous and gory live action of the manga. He has a distinct stylish visual, timely touch of horror and a proper respect to the original source.For such grimly movie, the cinematography is very sleek and cool. Viewpoints from above and panoramic shots are used often to set the ambiance. Visual offers bloody gore with mildly tone down violence. For the part of full blood pool of the manga, this movie counterpart uses a more comical effect yet without neglecting the intensity of the scene. In fact Miike, as expected, produces a couple of nasty gruesome sequences of his own.Humor and philosophical elements are steadily present. The first half sees more comedy for ironic purpose, as the story progresses and the death dealing intensifies the tone tends to be more serious. The movie has taken the liberty of creating more appropriate screenplay for later games. This is due to the fact that it might become overly complex for a feature length movie to display later arcs, and frankly it's not a cause for concern as the new screenplay is still presentable and keeps all the thrilling attributes of the manga.Miike has a knack for the unassuming shift of tone, as seen from Crows Zero and 13 Assassins. Sometimes the movie would transition from quiet scene to a rather explicit one. It doesn't venture into dark territory too much, but it does warrant a mature rating. If there's any concern, it's that the nature of the games is highly inspired by Japanese culture, this might create a rather awkward narrative at some points though it's only a minor hindrance.Equally quirky and disturbing, the myriad of bizarrely captivating games of death is brought to live by Takeshi Miike.