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Dare to enter a world of future videogames.
In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she gives up her loner ways and joins a gang of explorers. Even if she finds the gateway to the next level, will she ever be able to come back to reality?
This is a pretty good movie about an illegal video game that came seem all too real to some of the players until they can't tell the game from reality and become lost in it. The ending is a bit unclear and ambiguous as Oshii's endings tend to be and the special effects are not that good, even for the time but the film is pretty good overall.
Screw you Weinsteins! I'm thankful for all the American movies you distribute but stop editing and adjusting foreign films. Adding tons of voice over narration to help explain the film is undermining the film you are trying to release. Thanks for at least including the original language but your subtitle track is only for the eng dub with all the narration. So all the quiet, atmospheric scenes are ruined by loads of text scrolling across the bottom of the screen.
I don't know why I'm even complaining I didn't even finish the movie, which I hate doing. Way too slow, the visuals were awful and the plot seemed like something I've seen too much not done well.
Interesting take on virtual reality. Reminds me of the Matrix, Tron and, strangely enough, the first Resident Evil movie.
I always love a film that questions what is reality. A very interesting look at the whole notion of a virtual world being reality, or not. If you play video games additively you should watch this film as soon as you possibly can.
Strange on the surface but pretty nuts-and-bolts once you dig inside, Avalon is definitely worth a look, especially if you're, like me, a fan of director Mamoru Oshii (from his anime or live-action work) or these sorts of "trapped-in-a-video-game" type stories. Doesn't offer too many mysteries or answers, so don't go in expecting anything less than some interesting action and a lot of fascinating bits and pieces.
The full-color sequences--practically looking and vibing like Rivette or something if you'll believe that--tease the film that could have been.
Better than average take on the Is it Virtual or is it Reality? type movie
I knew I had to see this when I realized it was the only live-action film directed by Mamoru Oshii, acclaimed director of 'Ghost in the Shell,' among other things. I was expecting a few interesting ideas and images that would finally collapse under the weight of their own ambition, and in a way that's exactly what I received, but it's such an incomparably odd experience that I feel my time was very well spent.
The first thing you should know is that this film is orange. You have never seen color correction this extreme. For 90% of the film's running time, there is no color on screen that does not start with the letter 'O'. The second thing is…
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I'm posting this list earlier than normal as I'm not sure I'll be around much next week.
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I tried this list when I first joined the site and it died a death. However, not one to take…