Avalon (2001)

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Avalon is a Japanese film with Polish dialogue. Seriously.

The movie takes place in the not-so-distant future where people are becoming increasingly addicted to an illegal underground computer game called World of Warcraft Avalon. Players put on this headset and complete missions in this virtual world on teams or solo. The best players, such as our main character Ash, can make a lot of money playing the game (though I’m not sure how).

Ash used to be on team but some stuff went wrong which I can’t explain without spoilers so I’ll pretend it didn’t happen and skip it here in my review.

Ash discovers there is an advanced level hidden in the game that once a player enters they cannot exit until they win. This ‘level’ is full of color, life, and music. Compared to the drab, dirty, and decayed ‘reality’ of the not-so-distant future, this level is like utopia.

We then run into questions about what is reality and what would you do if you could choose which reality you wanted to live in. Actually, there is some pretty good stuff in this part of the movie. It’s a little to artsy for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, I like artsy, but I thought this was a sci-fi movie.

If you’re into MMORPGs or artsy sci-fi stuff you will probably like this movie. Personally, it was just ok.

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