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Kiyoshi Kurosawa, director of Cure and Pulse and other mysterious J-horror-like films, may have lost his touch. I haven't seen Tokyo Sonata (2008) which was well received but Retribution (2006) was a boring rehash of his earlier themes and now Real (2013) is another attempt to capture a mood while also linking into the zeitgeist themes about virtual reality, entering people's dreams, blurring of reality and psychological interpretation (see Inception...or Freud). Real starts well, with a high concept set-up (the protagonist is going to link up with his girlfriend in a coma in virtual reality) and some creepy moments. But it goes on too long and is too ponderously slow to sustain viewers until the very wacky conclusion. Did I say "very wacky" - I meant "so wacky that I started talking to the screen" - and in fact the script takes a distinct nose dive into silliness and predictability (despite the silliness) that is just embarrassing - for Kurosawa (who shows he can't keep control of the tone) and for viewers (who would like their two hours back).
Kurosawa multiplie les twist au gre des niveaux de conscience de son melo technologique sans parvenir a rendre aucun univers convaincant. C'est plus par la maladresse de son traitement et la mievrerie de ses personnages que le realisateur nous egare finalement. Terriblement brouillon...
Points for having a dinosaur in your movie. Loss of points for everything being stupid.