Unless you're Japanese, have a taste for Japanese style films, or are abnormally open-minded I wouldn't recommend Saru. The film starts out with a scene where a monkey who has been subjected to experimental drug testing gets aggressive and goes into attack mode. This introduction was actually depicted through the media in the opening scenes. Skip forward to who knows when and we have a group of young guys packed, signed up and entering a hospital for a six day clinical drug trial that they are told very little about.
The boys are typical idiots who know nothing about the risks of what they're doing or what is even happening to them when their reactions to the drugs go wrong. They begin to sweat constantly, are lethargic, sleep a lot and appear to be having increasingly paranoid delusions. For all you little Blockbuster fans this may be the point at which this is the film version of a complete anti-climax. But, as they say, try changing how you see, instead of always what you see.
Plan B: (WARNING) Saru may strike you this way - It's NOT a horror, more of a docu-drama, weirdly dotted with random, unexplained events (not enough of which to distract you from the fact that it's totally boring). The first hour of the film, mostly set in the hospital with the guinea-pigs getting to know one another; talking, joking, messing round -all a lovely waste of time. There was one violent attack, but unfortunately the audience only gets to hear about it... ha-ha! Having said that, I encourage you whom this analysis appeals to to maybe explore different cultural-type films. 'They' say it broadens your perspective, and I agree.
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