Before We Vanish ★★★½

Kind of tentative rating, mitigated on one side by the fact that I'm a Kiyoshi Kurosawa stan and on the other side by my droopiness during the film for reasons that had nothing to do about what was onscreen. Love the central conceit, wish there'd been more moments as wicked (in the traditional sense of the term) as the opening, always enjoy a lot of KK's formal choices w/ camera movement and framing, kind of got bemused by all the explosions and am reasonably confident this didn't need to be 130 minutes. Certainly it's no CREEPY, which is no CURE or PULSE, but I'm so pleased to see him return to the NZ big screen that I'm perhaps more sympathetic than I should be?

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