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When a video-game company creates an immersive gaming environment where players wage war against gigantic sand-dwelling monsters, three gorgeous gals armed to the teeth (Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki and Rinko Kikuchi) accept the challenge and jump into the virtual desert. But as they blaze their way into the game's higher levels, they face ever-more ferocious foes. Yoshikazu Fujiki also stars in this sci-fi action flick from director Mamoru Oshii.
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Desolate wide open spaces, monster worms and battles, strange rules, isolation. This film explores a recurring motif in Oshii's work of disparate individuals being drawn together.
Reverse Order?? - On the Dvd menu, starting the film at chapter 9, then 7, 5 , 4, 3, 2, 1, provides the narrative tone mentioned above. This also coincides with the individual chapter start and end title cards within the footage itself, signifying when it's time to move back to the next section for it to play out, going from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, then no chapter title card (think of it as chapter 0 perhaps) & finally the prologue - which is now a dramatically weighted & concluding Epilogue instead !
There is a line through narrative that transitions nicely includ9ing the end of one chpater to the start of the previous all the way through until finishing with what is now an epic epilogue. I was going to describe in detail the ialm's narrative journey when viewed in this way but i think i'll just mention the broad strokes: The four characters win a battle, cheat on each other, then being addicted to the game experience, start another quest to battle more monsters even though they don't like each other.
That is the film's narrative which takes place with a uniquely atmospheric, otherwordly & haunting tone when the End is the Beginning - let the game begin ever after.
Another cool film as part of Oshii's conceptual virtual cinematic universe.
The action is hokey and done more for imagery then the action itself. Its fun to see the girls pose as they fire guns or spells.
The CG is obvious but sufficient for getting the point across. This is not a big Hollywood blockbuster so don't expect King Kong or Avatar level effects, this is only a step above TV shows like Sanctuary..
The characters are only hinted at. There really isn't any development and they have little dialog. (one has nothing but a few squawks) They are simply defined by mannerisms and costume.
The story is bare one. Its only about the four putting aside their name calling for five minutes to defeat the end boss. That is it. The story could have been done in thirty minutes (or 15) but its Oshii and he loves to draw out scenes of the characters cooking, or watching the sunset or spontaneously dancing. It would have been much better if it had cut down on the sunsets and you could actually see how Grey convinced the other two to join the party.
This isn't a bad flick. Its just not a good one either. Everything is interesting over exciting or dramatic and the philosophical bit are out of place. It has fun moments too, like the duel. All in all, I didn't hate it, but it'll be a rare occurrence when I pull it off the shelf to watch it again.
One thing I want to add. If you have ever played an MMO you will appreciate some of the strangeness of the movie if you catch it. You have four players stuck trying to get past a boss to reach the next level. A solo player who does his own thing and doesn't like to play with others. A player who min/maxes stats and cheats when she can. A player who is hardcore and 'better' then the rest. And one who doesn't take the game seriously and screws around during fights.
Now make them work together to take out the boss.
That amused me.
Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity.