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And Kirie, a young schoolgirl, sees it transpiring all aorund her.
First she notices the difference in her best friend's father, with him going from productive to obsessive to downright bizarre. And then, after an incident with form-fitting flesh into a washing machine, it begins to take apart the town as a whole. And it all hinges, somehow, on the spirals appearing everywhere.
While this movie was definitely shot on a budget, I liked the presentation of the tale. In a short span of time it manages to take Uzumaki Volume 1 ( by Junji Ito - read it if you haven't) and details it, oftentimes short story by short story, until it's a workable piece of film. In fact, it manages to go through many of the minute details a Graphic Novel can skip, adding in day-to-day living in small sequences of frames and thereby thickening the terror to come. That means that a lot of time is spent exploring Kirie and the people around her, giving a face to those victimized by is going to come, and that's something I enjoyed. One minute you're strolling with the cares of a teenager on your shoulders, and the next minute you'd find those not-so-normal snails crawling up the side of your school. O, yeah.
Since I made a comment on the budget, I also feel the need to say that I was honestly surprised by some of the effects that the movie presented.Read more ›
There are images in this film that are absolutely stunning. I would have to rank the subtle appearance of spirals in the sky over the shoulders of the main characters as one of the most memorable effects ever, it certainly shook me. It's brief and not immediately noticeable, and when the scene shifts the first time through, the after effect is earthshaking . . . did I really see that? You knew the film was creepy going in, and it's not the first foreshadow of things going out of control, but it cannot be disregarded as anything but a crack in reality beyond that point, clouds don't do that! Now you know where you're at, and the rest of the film can be accepted. It's a wonderful trick, not the first time it's been done (there's a similar scene in "Close Encounters"), but it shows the film maker is a student of the craft and can apply lessons learned with cunning.
The film would be fun enough just with the idea and the visuals involved, but the leading characters are wonderfully played and add a great deal of depth. I really liked the young girl, she exemplifies everything that should be about the heroine in a horror flick; beauty, intelligence, innocence, love. The actress is an absolute doll, but there is real substance to her part. You know her, what she thinks, what her life is all about to this young age, the tragedy of her mother's death, and her deep relationship with her friend.Read more ›
Something tells me I'm missing a lot of what's going on in "Uzumaki." Nevertheless, the film is still a massively entertaining, sometimes campy excursion into the deepest recesses of utter weirdness. The story centers on a young schoolgirl named Kirie Goshima (Eriko Hatsune) and her increasingly bizarre experiences in the small town of Kurozucho. Our young heroine, we soon learn, lives alone with her sculptor father while finishing up high school.Read more ›
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Strange movie, i've read the manga this is based on and it is not nearly as messed up or creative as the source materiel, and it doesn't even end. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nikos Lecomte
It couldn't deviate more from the excellent graphic novel. Very disappointed in this.Published 10 months ago by Jon the Librarian
UZIMAKI is a horror movie about KILLER SPIRALS. One man suffers a horrific fate....death....VIA WASHING MACHINE. We see him laughing maniacally as he climbs into the spinner. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Prof. Plum
I really did not enjoy this film at all. The story itself, based on a manga series, is interesting, and the film makers did a pretty good job with the overall look of the town and... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sue Moro
I'm not even going to spend much time on this review; it's not worth it. I'm only taking the time in order to warn fans of the manga. I get it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steven R. Stewart
I liked it. The plot was believable and the setting was traditional but the characters were still interesting..I recommend for those interested in horror movies. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by KriticalKustomer
As far as Asain Horror goes this one is pretty bad and I've seen quite a few bad ones. They hardly show anything to scare you until the last 1/2 hour of the movie. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by AdellaWatt
This is a very unusual story. I had seen the movie before and purchased this to have a copy for my self. Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Y. Curtis