3.5 stars (out of 4)
Released 2015 (in Japan)
Inspector Akane Tsunemori gets a lead on Shinya Kougami’s whereabouts from the Chief and leaves the country to look for him. PSYCHO-PASS: THE MOVIE further expands on the benefits and risks of the mental-state profiling Sibyl System, including ways of misuse, as Japan exports the technology to a corrupt, war-torn nation known as SEAUn.
There are many great action sequences throughout the film. Cinematography and sound effects are on par with those of a Hollywood movie as well.
The theatrical version is English-dubbed. At the time that I ordered my ticket, however, the screening was listed as Japanese with subtitles, and I haven’t completely forgiven the switcheroo. To be fair, Funimation really did an excellent job with this English edition. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had already seen 2 previous seasons of PSYCHO-PASS with the Japanese voices, I would have had zero issues with the dub.
You don’t need to watch PSYCHO-PASS 2 before seeing this film. (In fact, don’t watch season 2 – it was terrible.) You don’t even need to watch the first season, apparently. We saw the film with several people who only had basic knowledge of Psycho-Pass and the Sibyl System and they were able to follow everything with very little difficulty. Obviously, you can get more out of the interpersonal dialogue if you’re familiar with the events of season one, but it isn’t essential to the enjoyment of the film.
I can pretty much recommend PSYCHO-PASS: THE MOVIE for anyone, even non-anime fans, who appreciates dystopian sci-fi with a serving of action, intrigue, and exploding criminals.