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Avalon (2001)

Avalon (2001)






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Following up on his cult anime masterpieces Patlabor 2 and Ghost in the Shell, Mamoru Oshii makes his live-action debut with this virtual reality thriller set in a near-future cyberpunk wasteland, in which the youth of an unnamed central European nation are enthralled with violent and illegal virtual reality computer games. Ash (Malgorzata Foremniak) is a ruthless "Class A" fighter and reigning queen of the games. She's itching to move to the next level of playing. Aside from her gaming, she lives a loner's life with her pampered dog. She learns from a former team member, Stunner (Bartek Swiderski), that former game master Murphy (Jerzy Gudejko) was crippled after entering the game's most rarified level, "Special A." The level is only accessible under the right set of unusual circumstances. Once admitted, there is only one way out -- to win. Ash can't wait to prove herself and conquer the game. This film was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Animation, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kazunori Ito
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Miramax - Official Site

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Wladyslaw Kowalski
as Games Master
W?adys?aw Kowalski
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Critic Reviews for Avalon

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Among other things, Avalon may be the first movie that uses contemporary Poland as a special effect.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Village Voice
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The techno thriller is more boring than thrilling.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It will overjoy viewers looking for a leisurely fantasy departure and bore to tears others hoping for another Matrix.

Full Review… | December 16, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Manages to create a haunting virtual world that's more mystical than anything the Wachowski brothers have offered us, blending the real and the imagined into a portentous cyberpunk fable.

Full Review… | October 23, 2002

Audience Reviews for Avalon

This Mamoru Oshii's first live-action sci-fi motion picture is familiar as Blade Runner meets The Matrix and I thought this is worse and bloody dull I ever watched because it seemed not much exciting to me and bit confused. I suppose that you when you don't understand what the characters are talking about. Horrible, horrible, horrible acting kept distracting me all the time.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Was not at all disappointed. The key here is that in scenes set in the game, it feels set in a game and scenes set in "real realities" look real (though both the game and real worlds utilize the same effects palette, just producing starkly different results).

The story is also tops, but the intrigue of falling deeper into the game ultimately overshadows what the script props up as the character's real motivation.

I'm really suprised this film doesn't have more of a cult following. I highly recommend it to scifi fans, dystopia fans, gaming fans, technophreaks, VFX freeks, philosophy phreeks, animator/animation junkies, film-makers and just film fans.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

Mr Oshii, the next time write a book about the subject, or let someone else direct.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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