7 October 2006 | freyw
Excellent for its genres
Its genres being short films and message films. After Twilight is only 34 minutes long, and has a strong (and relevant) statement to make, so there's not much time for character or plot development. Within that restriction, however, the film does a great job of setting a suspenseful story and developing Jen's character from scared girl to dedicated resistance fighter. Shooting it in black and white added a lot too, giving it a film noir feel.
As a long-time anime fan, it's also pretty cool to see Christine Auten in a live-action flick. She's just as good here as in Bubblegum Crisis 2040 and Azumanga Daioh. The acting in this movie is good all around.
Since you'll probably see this film on DVD, I'll mention that the extras are really good, too. There are three shorts on the making of the movie, and those are the kind of extras I personally just love.
Finally, this film is NOT anti-religious in its message. Several of the "good guys" in the film are Christians. It's anti religious government, it's pro separation of church and state, but it's not anti-religious.