Sunday, July 3, 2016

Avalon (2001)

Directed by Mamoru Oshii
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Miramax)

In the near future, people compete in a virtual reality war game that relieves the tedium of their real lives. A woman who is one of the best players tries to find a hidden "level" which she hopes will reveal the true purpose of the game. When she gets there, it appears to be the "real world" in which we all live, until she confronts another former player. Cinematography by Grzegorz Kedzierski raises this above the typical virtual reality mind bender. Shot in and around the urban decay of Warsaw in an ugly yellowish tint, it looks and feels like something straight out of a Kafka novel. The gamester-speak doesn't always make a lot of sense, not to mention the ending, but it is entertaining and even thought provoking.

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