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Fullmetal Alechmist: The Revenge of Scar

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Graphic, creepy violence in action-fantasy sequel.

Movie NR 2022 125 minutes
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This is an overly long and needlessly complicated action-fantasy. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar tries to do too much with the little time it has, even as it surpasses the two-hour mark. It's about, among other things, the horrors of war, the limits of revenge, charity at all costs. There are two central storylines, and both contain their fair share of backstories and exposition, with some flashbacks to the previous movie, 2017's Fullmetal Alchemist. You don't have to watch the previous movie to understand what's happening in this one, but that's not so much due to this movie standing on its own, but more because context doesn't really help things.

It makes the classic anime mistake of going into hydra-headed story threads that don't make distinctions between which ones are more important than the others. The main (the most main) story concerning the titular anti-hero Scar makes the most sense -- but more often than not this feels like two movies crammed into one. The action and fighting sequences have their moments, even if they're drowned in the proverbial CGI sauce of digital flames, smoke, and crushed streets and walls. Of course, it's not spoiling anything to say that there's a hint of a sequel; here's hoping the expected sequel has more focus.

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