Boy dies in tragic accident. Heartbroken father, who also
happens to be an advanced robotics scientist, builds robot in image
of boy. Boy-robot discovers the truth and runs away. Boy-robot
returns, saves planet from villain.
That's the general idea behind Summit Entertainment's new
picture, Astroboy, which opened this weekend to a surprisingly
wimpy $7 million. It's a beautifully animated remake of the 1960s comic cartoon, and, for the most part, is
exactly what you'd expect: a likely (and an unlikely) villian, the
classic "I was born ready" line, and machine guns materializing out of our hero's
But don't take it from us. We headed over to Classic Cinemas at
the North Riverside Park mall on the film's opening weekend to get
firsthand reviews. And we got nothing but thumbs up.
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