I can't tell exactly how I feel about this one, but I think it expects everyone to be stoned while watching it. It's very visually and tonally similar to Refn's last two films or even Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return in the sense that everything is slow moving and often trying to squeeze out the maximum affect of unsettling creepiness. It's a real nightmare of a film, but most nightmares are more comprehensible.
10/4/18, Shudder. This took me maybe four tries to get through? I really like the "evil Epcot" vibe it has going for it, and I think the plot is easy to follow...but there's not much here other than the tone and aesthetic. Excellent score, and visuals - it almost plays like a silent film at times. It worked for me in the end, but you really have to be keyed into what Cosmatos is riffing on.
Like watching a slow moving painting pieced together by an A.I. machine using 80's Tumblr aesthetics and the dark side of new age mysticism to simulate what it thinks an ayahuasca trip might be like. So if you go in expecting entertainment, you'll be let down. I fell asleep. But it's great for what it is. If they ever do an Akira motion picture remake, and they get this guy to do it, the potential seems unlimited.
Este filme usa da combinação de sua trilha sonora, iluminação, direção, atuação e fotografia para criar um efeito hipnótico poucas vezes igualado por outras obras. O conjunto de referências cinematográficas é evidente, mas ainda assim esta obra tem sua própria originalidade. Não é um filme vazio, como alguns apontam. Os temas estão evidentes e são trabalhados, porém mais através da atmosfera do que pela fala.
Ok, Panos, we get it. You like Blade Runner, and THX1138, and the whole 80's analog aesthetic --- you had the opportunity here and the budget to do something great! And what did you do? You squandered it. There's no story here, no substance whatsoever. What a shame.
This is an audiovisual masterpiece and one of the most underrated films ever made. The fact that a first time director was able to make such a preeminent work is mind-boggling and it's a shame that it hasn't gotten more recognition. This film is an experience almost unlike any other. The soundtrack is mesmerizing and the whole film feels like a dream you had on psychedelics. One of my all-time favorites.