After a mysterious accident a young architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world. He must find out the exact laws and regulations of it as he fights for his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world.
After a colossal and mysterious accident a young talented architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world that only resembles the reality. This world is based on the memories of the ones who live in it - people who are currently finding themselves in a deep coma. Human memory is spotty, chaotic and unstable. The same is the COMA - odd collection of memories and recollections - cities, glaciers and rivers can all be found in one room. All the laws of physics can be broken. The architect must find out the exact laws and regulations of COMA as he fights for his life, meets the love of his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world which he will have to get acquainted with all over again after the experience of COMA.
How original are today's films? Hard to say. With Netflix already corrupted, its offer lost much of its novelty and originality (even its production model is a "remake"). Many people fled to Instagram and left Facebook, which took over Instagram and now it's all the same. So the names of stars and dinosaur directors do not guarantee nada...
Last night, I was watching «Koma» and I thought, "Well, these Russian filmmakers are doing quite original and engaging things," and it didn't take long before someone said, "Nolan already did that." In truth, I never cared to watch more than 10 minutes of «Inception», but so what if Nolan did something similar before? In any case, I do not know what he did, and I do not care. I am reluctant to devalue (just because) any different science-fiction movie that improves the repetitive and chauvinistic Anglo-Saxon products, the more so if they are better, as formulaic as they all are.
Somewhere I wrote that if you want to force a high rating and compare the Russian science-ficion movies of today, with «Solaris» or «Stalker», you'd better open your Tarkovskian Bibles and watch another channel, because «Koma» is a lively commercial adventure show, with good visual effects and unknown faces, at least for to me, except for the leading actor, Rinal Mukhametov, who stood out as the alien in the awesome «Attraction» (2017).
First film by a visual effects creator Nikita Argunov, this time Mukhametov is an architect who, after a grim job interview with the suspicious New Life Foundation, suffers an accident (induced, perhaps) and, in a coma, enters a world where several comatose persons' memories coincide and cohabit. Soon he is rescued by a group of guerrillas, whose leader needs him to design a paradisiacal island for all those who have entered this universe, without the threat of the fearsome Reapers. There is only one prohibition: to penetrate the realm of dreams (for a reason that I will not reveal so as not to spoil the journey).
Complain about the music, if you will. It is justified, because it sounds like Hollywood pastiche... but otherwise enjoy this quest, with a good dose of melodrama and a melancholic vision of human nature.
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