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From Mamoru Oshii, the acclaimed director of GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON is a mesmerizing sci-fi thriller with explosive action and state-of-the-art visual effects in the stunning style of THE MATRIX! In the not-so-distant future, desperate young people risk everything to play "Avalon" -- an illegal and potentially lethal virtual war game where addicted combatants earn points and wealth. For one of the games greatest warriors, the "noble soldier" Ash, the search for Avalons legendary game stage Class Real will either lead to an entirely higher level of existence -- or be a journey from which she will never return! With awe-inspiring visuals and an intriguing futuristic story, lose yourself in the excitement of this amazing cinematic adventure!
Occupying a hazardous fantasy war zone located somewhere between David Cronenberg's eXistenZ and the Matrix trilogy, Mamoru Oshii's Avalon is a must-see entry in the subgenre of virtual-reality thrillers. Combining live-action set in a dystopian near future (filmed in Poland) and digital imagery set within a state-sponsored virtual combat game called Avalon, this sluggishly paced but visually dazzling film is another brain-teaser from the director of Ghost in the Shell. The action focuses on a maverick Avalon ace named Ash (played by the lovely Polish actress Malgorzata Foremniak) who advances to the game's highest and most mysterious level, "Class Real," a virtual world so authentically convincing that some--called "the Unreturned"--choose never to leave it. As with the Matrix trilogy, Avalon is more intriguing in premise than execution, filled with hushed tones and heavy-handed portent. Still, the amber-hued ruins of Oshii's virtual landscape are oddly alluring as a means of escape--a warning from Oshii, perhaps, that even the most exciting virtual reality is a trap that can prove deadly to those who fall into it willingly. --Jeff Shannon
a great movie...serously underrated, in my opinion...great graphics, and wonderful acting....Published 1 month ago by D. Kirkendall
Great Polish movie. The Polish army are in the credits!! Very gritty and very much a pleasant surprise.Published 7 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 8 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 17 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 22 months ago 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