A vicious sniper has appeared in Tokyo, rendering the people too scared to go outside, once again it's up to Conan to figure out the meaning behind the killings and capture the mysterious sniper before more lives are lost. (Source: ANN)
There was once a time when I really hated this movie. But after some consideration, I’ve decided that Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper isn’t all that bad and actually has enough merit to stand on its own as a good movie.
The one thing that really made upset about this movie is how careless Conan is. Despite how intelligent he is, he still ends up in dangerous situations that almost get him killed. While some of these incidents are out of his control, it doesn’t excuse Conan from not taking extra precautions when dealing with a professional killer such as this one. Easily my least favorite part of the movie.
I also didn’t really like the detective boys in this movie. Sure, they helped Conan figure out the “other dimension” trick and saved someone later on. But they just come off as ungrateful and oblivious to just how serious things are in this movie. A dangerous killer is on the loose! The least they could do is be a little affected by the situation. I’d also complain about Ran’s flippant nature from wishing Shinichi were here to actually being awesome, but I guess that’s just par for the course when it comes to these movies.
On the other hand, this movie has a really good serial murder case involving the FBI investigating a rouge SEALS sniper. The references to the American military and combat really appealed to me and was one of the key elements that helped me to appreciate this movie even more than I did before. The case itself was also very interesting, especially the twist that involved the “other dimension” bit.
In a surprise twist, the culprit(s) behind the murders are probably the most sympathetic characters in the whole movie series. To think just how much the culprit’s life had been screwed other by his targets almost had me rooting for him to take revenge. But OMG, the Engrish in this movie is an absolute joy all throughout! Easily the best part of the movie.
With all things considered, I no longer despise this movie as I used to. In fact, I’d say it’s (almost) one of the better movies. Certainly not top 5, but another solid entry in the series. Give this one watch when you can and see for yourself.