Re-cycle (Gwai wik) (2008)
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The film is based around the concept of the "recycle" bin in a computer, a writer enters an in-between world of spirits.
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Critic Reviews for Re-cycle (Gwai wik)
The film's final minutes erupt in a display of politicized melodrama so hysterical that it could almost be taken for camp if it wasn't so noxious.
Re-cycle is a feast for CGI geeks but famine for auds requiring narrative and character development.
The plot is intriguing -- it took me some time to really figure out what the ending meant -- but the execution is too much like Silent Hill, i.e., like a video game.
The first thing that strikes you is the beauty and clarity of the images (fabulous transfer to DVD, almost like HD), the brilliantly effective use of music and the artful use of the camera
Re-cycle...seeks to discover previously unexplored pathways sheltering unfamiliar frights. If, in the end, the trip rambles aimlessly through some dull patches, you have to admire the Pang's effort to boldly go somewhere new.
Audience Reviews for Re-cycle (Gwai wik)
Courting the supernatural for ideas for her next novel, a romance writer finds herself trapped in a surreal land of abandoned ideas (and people). The incredible visuals make it worth seeing (particularly the horrific trip inside a cave-like womb festooned with fetuses), but it drags dramatically. The anti-abortion sentiment makes it a novelty, a not-so-subtle message Hollywood would never greenlight.More
Bizarre and nightmarish fantasy from the Pang Bros. with a none too subtle stance on abortion. Expertly handled and executed with some wild FX work.More
What starts out as an interesting concept about a surreal alternate universe (think Alice In Wonderland meets Silent Hill) haunted by the discarded thoughts and ideas of a struggling writer, oddly enough ends up feeling like a (not so subtle) "pro-life" propoganda film. Strange...right?
Sure the story in general was a little convoluted, but some of the imagery was really creepy and the music hauntingly beautiful. Had they stuck to the core concept or at least not ended the film on such a stereotypically saccharine note...this film wouldn't have been half bad.
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