(out of 5)
A company that specializes in experimental science nearly destroys the sanity of the world when its dream-analysing machinery is leaked into the outside world and begins to mess with people’s minds. One woman who works for the company is head of a small team of people assigned to get the technology back, hastened in her task by the fact that a renegade employee is developing the software to the point that people’s dreams are beginning to invade real life. This gorgeously animated Japanese film is often very confusing but never less than captivating. The images are stunning enough to convince you of depth even when the story is making absolutely no sense. It is hampered by a lack of compelling characters, but it’s still a very fun adventure that employs no limits of creativity in presenting the surrealism that the players experience throughout.
Madhouse, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Directed by Satoshi Kon
Cinematography by Michiya Katou
Music by Susumu Hirasawa
Production Design by Nobutaka Ike
Film Editing by Takeshi Seyama