Isn't Anyone Alive? (Ikiterumono wa inainoka) (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Isn't Anyone Alive? (Ikiterumono wa inainoka) (2012)





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On a university campus the students separately rehearse a performance, discuss an urban myth and debate the future of an unborn child, but all are inconvenienced by their sudden unexplained deaths.


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A bizarre and rather unlikable film. Isn't Anyone Alive? starts on a college campus where we get a number of interesting conversations. One group of girls talk about urban myths and their place in society, a love triangle discuss how best to deal with a pregnancy, and a man looks for his sister. This is all underlined by the story of a train crash. The conversations are often well scripted, but unfortunately the editing is fast and furious for no real reason. The camera cuts back and forth between people talking at the rate you would expect in a martial arts battle. That's when it all gets weird. People just start dying, for no reason other than what the characters can speculate. It isn't the dying part that's silly, it's people's reactions to the dead. The acting here is sometimes good, but other times laughable. One character looks as though he is seconds away from bursting into hysterics, despite apparently being scared. It's all a bit too artsy for its own good, and ould have had a genuine feel of terror and emotion. Instead it just wants to confuse. Some nice soundtrack choices and moments of captivating cinematography aren't really enough to make this worth your time, but it is probably different to a lot of what you've seen before.

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