Steamboy ★★ 2005 (PG-13)
Generational conflict explodes into epic machine war above the streets of an alternate Victorian London. It all revolves around something called the steamball, a dangerous revolutionary new form of power created by a father-son pair of mad scientists (Stewart and Molina) who battle for the loyalty of a grandson (Paquin) and the proper use of their invention. Overwrought, over-thought anime spectacle with some absolutely mind-blowing visuals from the mind of “Akira” creator Otomo. Could have benefited from some wise surgical editing. Original and English language versions available. 126m/C DVD, Bluray Disc, UMD. D: Katsuhiro Otomo; W: Katsuhiro Otomo, Sadayuki Murai; M: Steve Jablonsky; V: Anne Suzuki, Masane Tsukayama, Katsuo Nakamura, Manami Konishi, Kiyoshi Kodama, Ikki Sawamura, Susumu Terajima, Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, Patrick Stewart, Kari Wahlgren, Robin Atkin Downes, David Lee.