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Among other things, Avalon may be the first movie that uses contemporary Poland as a special effect.
It will overjoy viewers looking for a leisurely fantasy departure and bore to tears others hoping for another Matrix.
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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.
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.
Mr Oshii, the next time write a book about the subject, or let someone else direct.
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