Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) 2018

Before We Vanish

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Before We Vanish finds Kiyoshi Kurosawa working within well-established genre guidelines to take a poignant, surprisingly sincere look at the human condition.

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Three aliens travel to Earth on a mission in preparation for a mass invasion. Having taken possession of human bodies, the visitors rob their hosts of the very essence of their being, leaving psychological and spiritual devastation in their wake.

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  • As an experiment in blending the minute character observations of Kurosawa's dramas into a pure genre plot, Before We Vanish does succeed.

    February 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a quirky hybrid of a film that mostly works, thanks to some fine performances and by a script to goes in unexpected directions.

    February 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An unsettling, and sometimes high-concept doodle, but it's awfully hard to resist a film that marries Atomic Age paranoia and optimism with Kurosawa's signature post-modern, atmosphere-intensive style.

    February 2, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Although a tighter cut of the 130-minute Before We Vanish would likely be an improvement, it might lose this version's intriguing asides.

    February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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  • The movie plods and meanders through an overly-familiar narrative on its way to a half-baked and uneven conclusion.

    February 1, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.

    February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

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