Based on the hit manga Devilman, this is the live action version of
the same name. Spawning from a virus unleashed by demons, friends
Akira and Ryo are transformed into demons themselves. Akira chooses
to fight for good and is forced to battle his friend Ryo who chooses
the dark path (hmmm Yoda!)… There is no try, there is do or do not!
The movie is a mix of CGI and live action with some mixed results.
The script tries to stay true to the original manga that was written
in the 70’s and certainly has that feel with the way the story plays
out. Yet despite all this the acting doesn’t live up to what is
being attempted and parts of the movie fail to move the viewer the
way they should.
Having said all that, it was good to see Devilman brought to life,
albeit with a little to be desired. It is certainly a title that
fans should check out, just for the sake of seeing their hero moving
about on the screen. For the uninitiated I would suggest that this
movie is worth a rent before committing the bucks.
The DVD is rounded off with a couple of extras that show you how the
movie was made and some of the CGI that was involved. In some ways
they do help balance out the result of this review score from that
of the feature by itself.