...I am the ghost... or a 'Gazoo' follow me to the special level 'A'...
"which is better, a game you think you can finish, but can't, or a game that seems impossible to win, but isn't?"
Dir. Mamoru Oshii
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
I am a player, a warrior... I fight in the future (which is all a bit Polish but looks absolutely amazing thanks to some way cool tint effects) in an illegal virtual reality war game called Avalon. I'm not alone although I don't belong to a party of adventures at present, my experience levels are growing and my skills are impressive... My name is Ash and I am a 'Class A', but I yearn for more.
Avalon is a gorgeously beautiful film, stunning photography from the creator of Ghost in the Shell 1&2 blessed with an intriguing story enfused with a high level of intelligence... It is unique although you can see many influences at work and it has in turn obvioulsy influenced many others - The Matrix trilogy, eXistenZ, Harsh Realm etc etc Oshii has made the most convincing 'live action' manga yet... I loved it!
"for tha lasst tieme... I''m nott death"
"you didn't see me - right!"
If you are an anime fan, if you like sci-fi, if you appreciate 'real women' in the heroic role (and underware at times), if you want to be inspired, intrigued, swept away to a mythical computer generated wonderland... choose Avalon... you won't regret it!!
"bring in the army hardware... and FIGHT"
Darkmatters rating system (out of 5):
Action öööö – V. Tasty battle scene at start, sporadic after
Laughs öö – It's a bit grim in the future
Horror öö – Suitably grim in places but not horrific
Babes ööö – Malgorzata Foremniak shows that Polish women can be hot
Overall öööö (Anime comes alive!)
"haunting imagery, a thinking person's sci-fi dream"
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