Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Dead Leaves (2004)

Yes, one of the characters is a TV head... What about it?

Genre: Experimental Sci-Fi Action Adventure Comedy Animé (Japan)

Starring: Kerry Anderson, Keith Burgess (Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth)

Directed By: Hiroyuki Imaishi (FLCL, The End Of Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Overview: A couple of amnesiacs wake up naked, trying to figure out why they forgot everything. In their attempt to get clothes and wheels they realize they're on the moon's prison facility, where the mysteries begin to reveal themselves.

Acting: The acting is absolute mayhem and melodramatic madness! In this case though, it works. This is not one of those movies that could have handled taking itself seriously. They do a great job.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The animation style is quite different from most animé. It's all sharp edges and mutant creatures. We don't see the most sophisticated or sharpest of images on the screen, but I found it very original stuff and the combat scenes were terrific.
Rating: 7

Script: The script was weak overall and pretty crass too, but it works. The lascivious innuendo makes up for the lack of purpose and direction of the thin characters.
Rating: 6

Plot: The plot is less than great. I mean sure they go around rescuing each other and learning about the mystery that is their amnesia, and in the end it turns out to be this vast and grand conspiracy with most of the loose ends tied up, but it doesn't really GO anywhere, you know? Also, the ending was rather... abrupt.
Rating: 6

Mood: The mood is definitely the thing. The animation is different than you've seen, well at leasunconventional, the mutants... really mutated, and the guns, absolutely zealous in their overstocked ammunition. It's fun to watch if you're in the mood for out-there animation and a sci-fi setting with lots of combat and freaks with out-there dialogue.
Rating: 7

Don't ask me about the clothes though, that, I just ... wow it's really bad huh?

Overall Rating: 66% (Is It Moving?)

Aftertaste: After all is said and done I got a kick out of it, but it didn't do much else for me. It's a hard one to recommend because it's so genre specific, yet I liked it more than I didn't and it wasn't that long.