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on January 28, 2013
When I first saw the trailer for this back in college, I knew I had to see it. Sadly, it would take 6 years from seeing the trailer to finally get a copy of it. Now that I have it, I'm not dissappointed.
Brooke Burgress calls this "cinematic literature," while it may be so, it's also much more. Looking beyond the flashy animations, complex sound effects, and multilayered storyline, it's a mire of different genres, among them being technothriller, urban punk, philosophical literature, and even conspiracy thriller, along with psychological thriller. Just with the technothriller area and how it has an integral element of computer hacking, it got my attention front-and-center.
4 seemingly random people who don't know each other end up getting mixed in to each other's lives when "random" occurences force them together to face a very dangerous happening: a well-known telecommunication company is using technology to, in the near future, use its own technology to induce fear into every individual on Earth and use their fear as a means of brainwashing them to accept the head conspirator's view of "truth," which has nothing good included, only fear, death, and extreme hatred. And it's only up to these four strangers to stop it from happening.
Over the course of 24 chapters, we see alternating points of view of what's going on, so you don't see only a biased American's view, a naive Fiji native's view, a confused Buddhist's view, nor just a saddened Muslim's view. You see them all, and sometimes they're conflicting, sometimes they get along (tediously), but they have to learn to depend on each other to get through it.
Keep in mind, this is not family-friendly viewing at all. Very heavy swearing (especially in the chapter "Signals"), some mature themes (including sexual jeers and soldiers making crude sexual statements about those they hate), and some rather heavy-handed violence. Not to mention some disturbing images (for anyone that loves animals, one of the later episodes will definitely disturb them deeply). Like I said, not family-friendly.
This is truly thought-provoking material, even with occassional comical moments it had.
Who knows? Maybe this could inspire some new media entertainment styles in the future. I know one thing, I enjoyed this very well.