One of the great 'near-future' science fiction films and definitely one of the better political thrillers of the '90s, this vision of a terrorist attack via hijacked planes pushing a gentrified city towards marshal law is alarmingly prescient, to say the least. The long lyrical montage of military force watching over tokyo, mostly reflected in monitors and windows, is enough to argue for early Oshii's lasting power.
Non mi spingerei la` dove si spingono molti per cui un anime sui mecha senza praticamente i mecha e` un capolavoro a priori. E` un esperimento per quello che verra`, denso e astratto allo stesso tempo, che fugge via in mille direzioni per poi raccontare poco. E dire tanto, ma raccontare poco e` roba che riesce solo ai grandi.
Although slightly different from what the franchise was before it, Patlabor 2 is not only the best installment in the franchise, but also Oshii's best work. Simply stunning visually (one can see Kon's touch) with a solid and thought-provoking plot as expected.