Summer Wars

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"Always protect your network."
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 49 min
  • 7.4  (31,718)
  • 63

Summer Wars is a 2009 Japanese animated movie directed by Mamoru Hosoda. It is an interesting blend of science fiction and family drama with a cast of characters that are very relatable to the audience. The movie takes place in the near future in a world where the internet has evolved into a social space called OZ, where people spend time socializing, playing games, and doing business.

The main character in the movie is Kenji Koiso, a high school math genius who is asked by his friend Natsuki to participate in her family's gathering in a rural area. Kenji agrees but is surprised to find out that he has been hired to impersonate Natsuki's fiancé. The gathering is actually a celebration of Natsuki's grandmother's 90th birthday, and she has invited the entire family to come over. Kenji is introduced to the family's various eccentric personalities, including Grandmother Sakae, who is a force to be reckoned with; Uncle Machida, who is super possessive of his car; Auntie Shizue, who practically runs the family; and Sakuma, Natsuki's second cousin, who invites Kenji to work on a small programming job for a friend.

Kenji starts working on the project, which involves cracking a password, and ends up hacking into OZ's infrastructure unknowingly. This creates a virus that threatens to bring down the entire OZ system, including government and corporate structures. Chaos ensues as Kenji and the family, along with the rest of Japan, try to fight off the virus and save OZ. They are aided by a powerful AI entity called Love Machine that was responsible for the initial hack.

As the crisis intensifies, the family comes together to work on a solution, and we see different aspects of their personalities and relationships while the situation unfolds. There is a strong sense of community and loyalty between the family members, which is contrasted with the sense of isolation and lack of community that exists in the world of OZ.

The movie explores themes of family, cooperation, and identity. Kenji starts off as a reserved and shy character who is more comfortable with math than people. Through his exposure to the family, he learns about the value of human connections and the power of community. Gradually, he comes out of his shell and starts to actively contribute to the family's efforts.

Natsuki's family represents a traditional Japanese sense of community, where everyone works together towards a common goal, in this case, saving OZ. However, this sense of community is under threat from the Love Machine virus, which is an embodiment of the negative aspects of online communities like anonymity, selfishness, and chaos. The movie suggests that the internet should be used to enhance our relationships, rather than replace or devalue them. It paints a picture of a world where online and offline communities can coexist harmoniously, with each enhancing the other.

In conclusion, Summer Wars is an engaging and entertaining movie that explores themes of family, identity, and community. The colorful characters and imaginative world-building create a unique and memorable movie experience. It is a must-watch for anyone who loves science fiction, action, and family dramas.

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