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It is not a rip-off of The Matrix. If anything, it's derivative of Oshii's earlier films and thought, which heavily influenced The Matrix. I also loved Ghost in the Shell for many of the same reasons that I liked Avalon. It has some of the pacing of Taste of Cherry. It allows a person to settle in, relax, and absorb all of the deliciousness of the style of the movie and to get inside Ash, the heroine.
The special features are worth seeing. The director is very clear in his interview what his thoughts and intent are in the film. This film is a piece of art, and as such it allows each person to take from it what they want. I can understand people not liking it, but it cannot be denied that this film was done with care and passion and expresses the vision of an interesting person.
There are so many movies out there that are merely eye candy, like the recent Star Wars films, that are so bad otherwise. And so many movies that rely on violence or special effects and are wholly unoriginal but satisfy the kind of viewer who laments how his girlfriend fell asleep and who calls the director, "pretentious." There are few people in the world with the creativity, passion, and artistic sense of this director.Read more ›
Malgorzata Foremniak is pitch perfect (and absolutely mesmerizing) as Ash, the coldly reclusive central character through who's eyes we experience a morose, near-Orwellian future where an illegal VR game called Avalon seems to be the only way to break the monotony of bleak existence, as well as rake in a modest living.
The few action sequences within the game are thrilling and imaginative, but it's the quieter moments that really grab your attention. That, coupled with the overall sense of displaced reality, is the magic of AVALON.
Much has been made of AVALON's thematic similarities to The Matrix, but it's important to remember that the Wachowski's ripped off Ghost In The Shell first, a fact which Mamoru Oshii is well aware of and puts to good use in AVALON.Read more ›
shootout in the last shootout in Ghost "bits of concrete flying everywhere" etc, and even the poses when characters land after making a leap are copied from ghost "on one knee".Avalon is for people who like Japanese Anime which over the years has inspired the likes of Matrix.And this is something the Wachowski's themselves admit.And a good movie can be in any language for one to appreciate ,I couldnt care if it was russian or polish.I think
people should refrain from tearing down something which they dont know much about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a great movie...serously underrated, in my opinion...great graphics, and wonderful acting....Published 5 months ago by D. Kirkendall
Great Polish movie. The Polish army are in the credits!! Very gritty and very much a pleasant surprise.Published 11 months ago by B.A. Salt
Interesting premise has gamers earning a living (and risking actual death) as they travel between illusion and grim reality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Apollo
A low budget Polish (with awful acting) flick intended for 'street audience'.
First of all it's desperately trying to be "Matrix" in style. Read more
Would not play on any machine I own.
Players don't even recognize that a disc was in the machine
It's about a video game and the video game players. The game is so realistic that it can toast your brain. Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Hintz
Avalon is a pre-Matrix ... Matrix. Sort of. It's an Eastern European film which is shot beautifully - albeit with some odd colour overlay choices in parts. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Buy it. You'll like it. The production is an odd one....Eastern European and Oriental film companies using ex-Warsaw Pact armour and vehicles to make a futuristic movie based on a... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Don
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