As far as comic book films go, this Japanese masterpiece of anime has some of the most ambient, beautiful and melancholy montages in any film, let alone of the animated variety. The quieter moments here are so much more arresting—and memorable—than the action sequences, but those are pretty exquisite too. The story is rather beside the point, evocatively bringing to light the ennui and isolation brought about by modern technology, and the film can almost be considered the animated equivalent to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece BLADE RUNNER.
Don’t miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.
Author: Dan Heching