In an alternate iteration of the present, Tokyo has been hit by a terrorist attack that has devastated the city. The only evidence of the culprits is a cryptic video uploaded to the Internet, which sparks paranoia across Japan. Unbeknownst to the authorities is that the terrorist masterminds—who call themselves "Sphinx" (スピンクス Supinkusu)—are two teenaged boys who go by the names Nine and Twelve. Though they apparently should not exist, they have nonetheless decided to "wake up the world" with their heinous plans of destruction, with their fingers on the trigger.
First, there are many plot issues with the story. If you truly want all the reasons why...see them here--Terror in resonance starts strong but falls apart midway
BUT...I'm one of those fools that loved the story from the start and at the time I watched it, had an impact on me. I'll try not to spoil the movie...MUCH...OFTEN. (Spoilers ahead)
Nine and Twelve are two of the three remaining survivors of an experimental facility that tests orphans for extraordinary abilities and brings them back to make the ultimate human weapon. Ten years after Nine and Twelve make their escape they wreak havoc on the city and in doing so bring an unsuspecting girl along for the ride (Lisa).
Twelve is the fun loving, care free accomplish to Nine. Twelve was my bright star who laughs often, smiles like he's got nothing to lose and is the dedicated partner of Nine. Twelve can also be the more terrifying of the duo, but also follows his heart and has the capacity for great compassion.
Out of two I can't tell you which one I loved more. They're brothers by circumstance and haunted by a great weight, though Twelve doesn't let on to the burden of his past. Twelve however, shows it in momentary episode like seizures.
Nine is the opposite in temperament from Twelve. Nine is also the head of the operation, the wounded gruff soul who pushes others away knowing that all he brings with him is pain. Twelve is his only companion and together they try to bring to light what's been done to them and others.
My heart reaches out to Nine because he tries to protect others by forcing them to not like him, but he cares deeply for his friend and knows full well what his actions bring is doom for them both. His only console is showing the world what was done to them.
Twelve is terrifying--more than Nine, more than Five. Not just because of the creepy stare factor, but because he seemed to be the only one that might be able to pull off being experimented on. Think about it...being able to handle heinous acts upon his person and be simi-sane...that's a flexible mind. He could rule the world...and yet--he carries out great acts of selflessness.
Lisa is a shy, quiet type bullied by the other girls in school. Constantly texted by her insane mother, Lisa runs away from home and is the only witness to the destruction of Nine and Twelve.
Twelve determines he needs to keep her close and brings her to their hideout. I feel a bit of karma bites them in the ass as Lisa brings them nothing but trouble.
Five is the third survivor of the experimental facility, the assigned counter terrorist and almost the only person that can catch Nine and Twelve. Her motive is to find Nine and beat him. She's pretty much insane with the need to beat Nine but she also knows where they're coming from. She was an interesting one. Savy, bossy and willing to do anything to get to Nine.
Kenjirō Shibazaki member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department used to be part of of the police force's investigations division, but now works for its records division instead. Because he solves the riddle of the Spinx, he's asked by his contemporary in charge into looking into the terrorist attacks in Tokyo.
Kenjiro is one of those "washed-up" cops that went too far with a politician and suffered the consequences of digging too deep. He's a great character and is the only other, excpet for Five, that understands Nine and Twelve.
After years of being in the records department his investigative spark comes back after Nine and Twelve make their first internet recorded "weather announcement".
It becomes apparent that what was done to Nine was pretty messed up. Even Five struggled to keep herself alive solely to find Nine. Twelve seemed the only one that could've handled the programing but alas...
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