So I am wondering why does everyone praise this flick? I don't understand. I have probably read a handful of bad comments on this movie, but the vast majority seems to think it is a masterpeice, I just don't see it. What is the point of building up characters throughout the movie only to have them die a very quick death not doing a single thing? For exampe, Spoiler Those kids that hacked into the BR computer system and made those bombs. They were shown throughout the entire movie working hard, gathering supplies and shit, only to be Spoiler gunned down by the kid who "joined for fun", I think that scene lasted a whole minute . What was the point of seeing them the whole movie? To show the movie is unflinching? Doubt it, my guess would be filler material, they didn't serve a single purpose that I could tell. How about that "kid who joined for fun"? Sure he killed a bunch of (mostly unimportant to the story) people, but they build him up as this major badass in the whole movie, only to have a VERY Spoiler UN-dramatic death . Lame! What's up with the "I, I , I ... wanted to protect you.." "I, I.. love you.. I always have..." stuff after a few of the death scenes. This acutally happend more then once!, one time I could've taken, but after seeing it 2 or (maybe?) 3 times, it started to make me groan. I thought that was so corny. I also didn't particuarly like any of the characters, aside from the kid who joined for fun (sorry, I don't remember his name off hand). I thought most of the characters were merely average, with the main kid, Shuya, being a real shitty character. What I will give to the movie though, is that it had one or two cool death scenes Spoiler that crotch stab is nice! , I found some of it humerous (the binoculars and lid as a weapon, ha!) and I did like the idea of the movie alot, I just didn't think it turned out nearly as great as most people say it is. Well, obviously I didn't find this movie fun at all. Ah well! Does anyone agree with me on this stuff?