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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
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shootout in the last shootout in Ghost "bits of concrete flying everywhere" etc, and even the poses when characters land after making a leap are copied from ghost "on one knee".Avalon is for people who like Japanese Anime which over the years has inspired the likes of Matrix.And this is something the Wachowski's themselves admit.And a good movie can be in any language for one to appreciate ,I couldnt care if it was russian or polish.I think
people should refrain from tearing down something which they dont know much about.
What I mean by "a person who doesen't just 'watch' a movie" is someone who isn't done rolling the concept around in their head the moment the ending credits start. If a movie doesen't stick with you, and doesen't make you think, then whats the point? While your sitting there doing nothing you may as well be at least using your brain. If you just want to sit down and zone out when you watch movies, then fine, don't watch this film. I hope I never turn into one of you.
I much prefer to be enticed by subtle details and given an opportunity to become immersed in mood than bombarded with a lot of special effects and high-flying acrobatics. This is what I found to be so refreshing about this movie.
As for providing explanations to everything, well, I don't know that that is always needed in a film in order for it to be entertaining. So is it that I find it interesting that our Western mindset cannot deal with finding deeper meanings, through our own interpretations, in most anything that we encounter. It's as if we expect to pause our brains and be entertained through mere visual stimulation. Of course, I know that this is not really what others have described. Still, this is the type of movie that I believe deserves better than what I've read in these reviews. It's funny that I say all this and it was precisely the visuals that made the film so endearing. There's nothing passe about achieving a high level of beauty in a film, and we are fortunate to have "some" directors still mindful of this growingly archaic attention to detail.
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It's one of the most underrated movies. Will make you think, beautiful music, enchanting story, amazing cinematography! I read reviews comparing this movie to Matrix. Read morePublished on June 25 2013 by Catherine Kaminsky
I saw this movie ages ago and loved it. Searching for years, I could never find it until now. Avalon is a milkshake of orgasmic proportions. Read morePublished on May 5 2008 by K. M. Zazulyk
It is the dismal looking future and one thing that is forbidden but to intriguing to resist is the virtual reality game of "Avalon" it may prove to be fatal. Read morePublished on July 1 2006 by B. Chandler
I got my hands on this DVD after catching the first five minutes of the movie being projected on a warehouse wall with a backdrop of thumping industrial techno. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Mr. Miller
This movie is 10 times better than the matrix. The story and philosophy of this movie is excellent. Highly recomended.Published on April 4 2004
I will not go into the details of the plot since they have been covered by others. I will just say that as weird as this movie "noir" was, I actually liked it. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Fred Rayworth
Everyone who insists on comparing any new science fiction only to the Matrix series will lose out on the meaning and value writers other than the Wachowskies have to offer. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Jason L
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