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Pinocchio 964, lobotomised cyborg sex slave, is thrown out onto the street by his owners because of his inability to maintain an erection. He is befriended by a criminally insane, memory-wiped, homeless girl. Meanwhile, the corporate entity who manufactured and sold him plots to kill him because of his malfunction. Written by
Having loved Rubber's Lover, I felt psyched to see this. It starts off strong with some stunning graphics and the same over-the-top performances I loved from Rubber's Lover. The respect I have for the actors' dedication and focus goes well beyond enormous. I loved the slow, lyrical pace of the first third where Himako finds Pinocchio. The chemistry and trust between the two actors brought it unexpected depth.
And then the vomiting started.
And went on pointlessly for at least five minutes.
I accept this in Hershel Gordon Lewis films since he needed to pad them out to a certain length and contained endless tracking shots of a woman walking or someone's band playing a cheesy song. But with a running time of 1:37 extended scenes of vomiting or running or just general strobe-lit screaming makes me cranky. All the camera work and editing in the world can't make me say "WOW! That's the best 10 minute running sequence I've ever seen!".
Given the gravitas it began with, I felt cheated at the end. I suffered thought the last 30min hoping for a redemption that never came. Given the choice between Places in the Heart or a Marvel franchise film, I'd choose this every time. But I wouldn't be happy about it.
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