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By Chris Gore | June 16, 2000

Titan æ begins the way most summer movies end – with a really big explosion! The story begins in the year 3028 with the whole planet earth blowing up. Earth is invaded by the evil Drej, a vicious race of aliens made from pure energy. Before the earth is completely destroyed, the last remaining humans escape in any spaceship they can find. Little Cale is abandoned by his father, who pilots a colossal spacecraft called the Titan. Cale’s father escapes but the two are separated, perhaps forever.
Years later, Cale is grown and the human race is a race without a home, living scattered across the galaxy on space stations and abandoned starships. Cale learns that he has the secret to finding the Titan and perhaps his father and he has had it the entire time in the palm of his hand. A starship captain named Korso, his hot co-pilot Akima and their misfit alien crew seek out Cale hoping that the map he holds in his hand will lead them to the Titan. Unfortunately, the Drej want the map as well and will do anything to get it.
Cale must learn to grow up and become a hero to survive the challenges that lay ahead. The entire race of deadly Drej are now after Cale, Korso, Akima who must find the Titan and uncover it’s secret’s before the human race is wiped from existence. What is the Titan? I can’t tell you since that would give away the whole movie.
The voice acting really adds to the film, the lead Cale, played by Matt Damon. Drew Barrymore as the love interest Akima, Bull Pullman as space jockey Korso and John Leguizamo as the frog-like alien Gune.
This film has two huge things going for it: One, on the technical side, the blending of fantastic looking 3-D computer animation for the spaceships and aliens with traditional 2-D animation seen in cartoons. And two, a truly imaginative story with incredible alien worlds and designs that is best described as Star Wars on steroids.
In fact, as far as creativity goes, this film blows away Star Wars Episode I. Titan æ is a fast-paced adventure in the style of a Heavy Metal cartoon and it’s fun for adults while pleasing plenty of 14 year-old boys.

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