An interesting structural take on the samurai film, primarily following a stone cold psychopath but also branching out to embrace several minor characters. Trouble is, it never builds any narrative momentum, and thus the ending, as cool as it is, doesn't seem like a climax, but rather a self-conscious set piece that arrives out of nowhere.
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A victim of people ignoring the "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche, this is a vital, paradoxically life-affirming splatter film with a stong eye for absurdist detail. It's high school with Uzis and exploding neckbraces.
It's probably best to start with the facts, address the rumors. Yes, it's about 44 young Japanese high schoolers, placed on a remote island and forced to hunt each other until only one is left alive. Yes, it's violent and very bloody. Yes,…
The final two minutes, basically, really really annoyed me, and rudely splashed water in the face of my burgeoning "Holy shit this is actually pretty damn good for what I assumed was just going to be your typical Karate Kid template underdog fight picture, but with a lot more fucks, double-crosses and Rebecca Pidgeon" excitement.
But the rest of it is aces. Clever plotting keeps the wheels well hidden, covered by looser scene construction (like the gun accident, with…