This movie is the kind of movie that will have people loving or hating it. But I think one thing cannot be denied, this is amazing filmmaking. No one can really doubt the effects and effectiveness of the visuals in this movie. And the character development means something when you get to the last act, but once you get to the last act you realize the transformation of the separate entities as the relate to the whole ? and by then the entire act is almost executed in symbolism.
This is Kurosawa at his technical best. The movie is moody, even in the bright countryside. The machine means so much more and is a perfect symbolic catalyst for the doppelganger. And the story of the brother himself in the first act really brings the tone of the movie right to our noses, right up to the truck accident. Actually, the entire movie gets very symbolic and more allegorical once they are in the countryside. There are many points about control of the body and reflection on oneself that is very deep in their visual use. And, as usual, the violence in the movie is brutal and real. It is one thing I appreciate about Kurosawa, like what Cronenberg did in History of Violence, he gave it to us in an exciting way, but made sure it wasn?t polished and that we saw the aftermath.
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes character studies with a sci-fi twist, or really character study movies and don?t mind realistic violence. This is definitely a psych class paper. And the split screens are played to wonderful effect. It was like watching a De Palma movie when he was good.