Constantly developing in unexpected, vague, yet logical ways, this film maintains a perfect balance, turbulently displaying creative and interesting ideas while remaining coherent and captivating. Genuinely philosophical on several levels, superseding just the rational and even utilizing the medium of film itself ingeniously. It even succeeded emotionally, peaking at the inventive ending which put tears to my eyes.
A little too ambitious for its own good. The animation is creative but we fail to care. The film is filled with interesting ideas but plagued with pointless segments. The message is not very subtle and a lot of it strikes me as done in bad taste. The live action and animated bits just don't work together, though it was probably done to accentuate the gap between the realities, not bad but it didn't work that well.
One star film that is so unfair to put it in the "waste your time" box, five stars film that is so chaotic that would be better to be qualify it with question marks than stars. A candidate to become a cult movie. This is one of those that makes the five star rate system looks obsolete. Have a nice trip.
Is a hidden desire for self destruction driving us to create a new technology after the other? Or is it just a driven market for money crazy and out of control race that eventually will destroy us? Is it plain fear or just imaginative art that always takes us to some dystopian technological world? Whatever it is, this one is when psychedelic drugs meet computer coding.
This film contains plenty of lofty ideas, but it never quite explores them in any sort of sufficient or substantive fashion. Furthermore, at 122 minutes, the film is a bit of a slog, and it bogs down quite a bit in the second act. I admit that part of my disappointment may stem from the fact that the film wasn't quite what I expected it to be, but even then, I think it's a bit of a miss.
This high-concept film is visually delightful but only slightly achieves its goals as it goes along. You buy into its society and Wright's actress. But Ari Folman keeps things mature & provocative (sometimes working & other times disappointing). It may miss the human element of the story but for all it's overreach & speculation, half the fun of this post-modern animated hybrid is spotting all the references.
When something this ambitious is mostly successful, what you experience is blown mind despite there being some room to nitpick in critique. In other words, this had more impact on me than plenty of films I've experienced as more "perfect". And it makes me want to invest in an entire presentation system I don't have and mostly don't need for my taste in film, just to be able to experience it optimally at will.