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Most user reviews, both here and on IMDB, have it depressingly wrong. This is not a hentai title with sci-fi pretensions. This is a much rarer animal - a true adult feature that that contains sex and nudity, as well as the monstrous and grotesque, as part of its philosophy and plot, and doesn't exist as an excuse for them. In light of this, the disappointment of the porn-hunters who were drawn to Malice@Doll through its mis-classification as hentai is understandable.
What of the film? A full review and analysis would take pages, but there are definitely shades of a much less-populated Blade Runner in its premise, as well as Chiaki Konaka's earlier work, "Serial Experiments Lain," in the denouement. One of the most distinct characteristics of the film is its full-3D CG animation, reminiscent, both in its style and graphical simplicity, of video cutscenes from role-playing games such as Final Fantasy VII. Such a style is rare even now, and for good reason, since full-CG movies haven't often been successes (see Final Fantasy: TSW and Kaena for example). It also dates extremely fast. All the more remarkable that a full seven years after its release, the graphics in Malice still work extremely well, and I can't think of a moment in this film when I found them jarring or distracting. Working within a tight budget, the filmmakers managed to wring every drop of visual performance from their technology. Even character movement, which much more recent CG films like Appleseed have ended up botching, is pulled off with aplomb, due in no small part to skillful editing and camera angles.Read more ›
Minor spoilers, but you wouldn't see it coming anyway.
What to expect when you watch this movie:
1 Lots of shadowy scenery
2 Slow story line
3 Many plot holes
4 Much twisted and dark imagery
5 Moderate animation
Now for greater explanation.
1 There is no sunlight in this realm, and with that, no distinction of time frames. I think this was meant to look like a dark and desolate world and that was defiantely how i percieved it. There were also many shots of just the scenery after an emotional peak of the main character. I wasn't sure what I was looking at because sometimes it would just be a hallway or door or mess of rubble and circutry, and the unlighted feeling of the movie doesnt help distinguish these things any more.
2 This is not an action film. This is not hentai nor anime porn, though it does contain pornographic material. Roughly 10 minutes of it at best, and well sepatered throughout the entire show. I would assume its a creepily dark suspence film.
3 The setting is a post apocolyptic world. No humans exist, but the machinces we created continue to perfom their tasks to the best of thier ability. There is not one explanation for anything in this movie. Robots seem to have opinions and even willed dislikings. There is also no inner monologues so simple and inane questions are asked aloud repeatedly. Even at the end, you won't know whats going in.Read more ›
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The visuals and artistry were very good and surreal but whatever. The story/plot if there really was a cohesive one sucked. Read morePublished on July 7, 2007 by Niels Bohr
I had different expectations for this dvd, none of which were fulfilled. I'm actually trying to sell the dvd I bought. There is very little, if none, nudity. The graphics are bad. Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by moatilliatta tinnitus