My mind, she is blown.
For serious, though.
When I first saw the trailer for this, I wet myself ever so slightly. It looked GOOD. I couldn’t wait to see it.
And then the reviews came out: looks GREAT, but really sucks.
So somehow I missed out on it, having once again forgotten the Golden Rule: Film critics don’t know a god-damned thing.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to rent this thing. It is unbelievably awesometown.
On a visual level alone the rental is justified. Critics called the story unintelligible and random, which I categorically disagree with.
Satoshi Kon’s previous work, the triptych “Millennium Actress,” now THAT was random and incomprehensible. And it just overall sucked.
And while the story in this is neither groundbreakingly original, nor particularly insightful, it’s a simple yet solid tale: scientists develop a machine that allow therapists to view patients dreams. Someone steals one and starts fucking with peoples’ heads. And there may be a bit of bending between the real world and the dream world, but in the end it all makes sense.
Bottom line is: rent it for yourself and see. You’ll be glad you did.