In an attempt to distill, reimagine and update that series, the story was retold in a collection of movies. The first movie was called 'Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone.'
Shinji Ikari is a teen whose mother has passed away. His father, Gendo, has summoned him to join him with NERV, an underground technology-based defense system. Shinji learns that his father is the mastermind behind the Evangelion project which might be humanity’s last hope for survival. It involves a few teens who pilot massive robotic units.
Did I mention that Earth is under attack by creatures called Angels? That’s kind of important.
The story is basically Shinji’s coming of age as he comes to terms with his destiny.
Having only a passing familiarity with the original series, it is impossible for this examiner to compare what is different/added/skipped here. From an objective observer, things seemed to move along briskly and relatively logically, perhaps too briskly and logically. Since it follows a series, one can't expect all or even most conflicts to be dealt with in a satisfactory manner in just one movie. There is clearly a great deal more to be told and it is presented here in a straightforward, logical manner.
The animation is clearly improved upon earlier, more traditional animation. There seems to be a nice blend between hand drawing and some computer effects.
Special features include: none
'Evangelion: We Are (Not) Alone' deserves to be viewed by anime fans so they can weigh in on how it stacks up to the series. Some liberties are taken and knowing anime/sci fi fans, some people will throw a fit.
Even if you aren’t a fanatic, it is a solid start to a science fiction story.
PG-13 98 minutes 2008