There are myriad reasons to be interested or disappointed with any upcoming entertainment product due to it’s previews, but the most substantive has got to be the simple reason that it looks awesome or totally stupid. Gotta give famed Japanese director Miike Takashi credit for tackling the live-action adaptation of popular sci-fi shonen manga Terraformars, too bad the first preview is all unintentional hilarity even with such a sprawling telegenic cast. Headlining Hideaki Ito, he is the commanding officer leading youngster cast to terraform Mars consisting of Oguri Shun, Yamashita Tomohisa, Yamada Takayuki, Takei Emi, Kikuchi Rinko, Kato Masaya, and Kosugi Kane.
In the near future, Earth is being destroyed by overpopulation so scientists send modified algae to Mars along with cockroaches to consume and spread the algae in order to terraform the planet. Hundreds of years pass and when the humans finally land on Mars, they discover the planet is inhabited by evolved now humanoid cockroaches who will fight for their right to the planet. The manga has been accused of being racist but putting that aside, it’s also quite gory and violent, but the movie feels rather antiseptic with the cast in second hand storm trooper uniforms wandering around a spaceship. Here’s to hoping the movie is worth everyone’s while.