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5.0 out of 5 stars Good or bad - this movie really makes us consider ..., May 19, 2017
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I first saw this movie on cable. After about the third time, I decided I needed to own it, only it can be VERY difficult to find. This movie appeals to me in many ways. One, I'm a gamer and I've often marveled at how the virtual reality offered by games offer a total, complete escape from real life. Good or bad - this movie really makes us consider this. For a movie that was done on a lower budget, I've seen very few that are as interesting as this. As some have said, it's made for artistic or philosophical reasons rather than for entertainment. I would agree, with the addendum that if you are a gamer AND a thinker, this will be particularly entertaining. The plot is great but is developed slowly - on purpose. The acting is not bad, as some have said. Instead, I find that the director did so many thing intensionally. I get kicks out of that. There are a great many things to notice in this film. Compare what the people eat to what Ash feeds her dog, for instance. I agree... Read more

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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing film experience., January 6, 2018
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Richard Ranta (Grand Rapids, MI United States) - See all my reviews
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Avalon is Mamoru's view of the impossible future, where video game players are the most successful people around. This is a silent leader, since I've never seen it on commercial TV. That's a shame. This could be a distant cousin to Ridley Scotts' "Blade Runner".
You can get lost in this film very easily. not that it's difficult, just it works on many different layers. Watch if you can.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it Just for the Music, March 31, 2008
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Robert (COVENTRY, CT, United States) - See all my reviews
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This movie is a strange combination of mystical Japanese computer art with a brooding Polish mythology that no matter how creative and determined you are, your lives are controlled by others. An interesting story that has just enough clues to make it possible to follow, but with a few surprises and a few unanswered questions. But the best part of this movie is the music of Kenji Kawai that has a life of its own and will keep you rewinding the credits to hear it again and again. It appears that the Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra played much of the background music, and the quality is stunning. There is much to criticize in this film too, as there are too many unanswered questions left to the imagination of the viewer. When do we leave the game and reenter reality, or is reality the game, and Avalon is the only way to find a world worth exploring. And how can the main character go on for days without eating? Welcome to Avalon.

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