Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Shampoo leads to complications.

PEOPLE: Voiced by Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis (Strange Days, Natural Born Killers) — but the faces, I’m not so sure who the faces were. They all looked like familiar actors to me, but all replaceable.

QUIRKS: Bleak, dystopian, almost cyberpunk-ish corporate controlled future world. Extreme paranoia. Voices in your head. Corporate conspiracies and control. Shades of 1984.

VISUALS: Crazy visuals; glad to watch this in 1080p. Photo-realistic faces, but everyone’s heads are noticeably too big to be real. I believe they were *intentionally* going for the uncanny valley effect. It worked. The film is creepy and paranoid enough; the visual style just adds to it. I think some of the same motivations were used for doing this as with A Scanner Darkly, the movie this most resembles in both style and substance.

MORALS: Sometimes you gotta do some insane things just to retain your individuality. Sometimes you don’t even realize this is the case.

POLITICS: Corporations don’t care about peoples’ individuality; they care about profit.

BAD STUFF: The ending seemed like kind of hasty fizzle-out. The movie is kind of short, at 1:25. This movie might have been a 10/10 if it lasted 2 hrs and had an awesome ending. The subplot with his girlfriend at home seemed a bit superfluous.

CONCLUSION: A great, paranoia-inducin’, corporation’-hatin movie about corporate greed vs freedom, conspiracy, and wigging out while looking at crazy animated photorealistic uncanny valley visuals.

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.1/10, Netflix: 3.2/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: Animation and politics lovers will like this.

SIMILAR MOVIES: A Scanner Darkly. And some hints of 1984.

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