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Avalon

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

Dec 16, 2003

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

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The techno thriller is more boring than thrilling.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It will overjoy viewers looking for a leisurely fantasy departure and bore to tears others hoping for another Matrix.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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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.

October 23, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC.com
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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.
November 29, 2009
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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.
March 2, 2009
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Mr Oshii, the next time write a book about the subject, or let someone else direct.
January 14, 2008
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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This Movie is not 4 everyone ^_^
October 3, 2007
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