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Natural City (2003)

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In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in... See full summary »

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In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process that allows them to merge the souls of human and machine/cyborg, wreaking havoc in a deeply divided society. This movie shares traits with other films like Blade Runner and Ghost in the shell. A visually impressive piece, with a strong emphasis on relationships. Genre - Sci-Fi, Dystopian. Written by Makai

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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The film takes place in 2080. See more »

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Early in the movie R is shot in the hand. He wears a bandage around his hand after that. This bandage appears and disappears on his hand throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

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Soft Cyberpunk...
12 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, this is a very good movie. The visuals are undeniably fantastic, and that's one of the reasons to watch a movie, otherwise we'd be reading cyberpunk literature or comic books for two hours. Secondly, the meat and potatoes of the film, well, to say this, its not hardcore cyberpunk, and YES it is very Blade Runner, but hey, cyberpunk tends to all be similar, not treating this movie as a film in its own right will skew your view of it.

The movie has three main characters, four including the villain, and they are all developed nicely. A movie like this, you have SEE, you have become comfortable with the pacing and digest what is fed to you as it is fed to you, but most people don't realize that there is a story, there is character development, that there is substance.

It is a very tragic movie about a Military Policeman who is alone and unable to connect with the world or anyone else so the one thing he connects with is a living doll that is slowly slipping away and the tighter he holds on the more complicated and difficult the situation gets for the principle cast. I read a description of the movie and the lead, R, was described as a Cipher, a person with no influence on his surroundings, but it is the opposite, the whole world in which he inhabits reacts to him and only him. Its beautiful and tragic.

The movie ends as it should, a very good ending I feel, and it isn't as dark as one would think.

It is a very good movie, several steps above other Korean sci-fi like 2009 and Wonderful Days visual and more akin to Wonderful Days atmospherically. It is a dreary, beautiful, lonesome, self-destructive, and taught world in which the world takes place, but because of that, the movie is all the more beautiful.


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