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Be careful what you wish for ...,
This review is from: Malice @ Doll [DVD] (DVD)
A visually stunning and curiously unsettling fable, which touches on many classic cyberpunk themes. Do machines (in this case robot whores) have feelings and souls? Can they yearn to be human? When their wish is granted (through, it has to be said, a rather oblique and unsatisfactory plot development) will it be a blessing or a curse? Malice@Doll will ring faint echoes of everything from Akira to Blade Runner, but its stylish full 3D CG animation is brilliantly implemented and the overall effect is quite simply unique. Think of a feverish blend of Hieronymus Bosch and Dali and you'll have some idea of the striking grotesquery of the images, which switch from beautiful to nightmarishly hideous with disturbing suddenness.
The plot drags a bit at times and is too enigmatic for its own good at others. The English subtitles seem a bit stilted too. But Malice@Doll IS undeniably striking and will stand up to several viewings in order to attempt to get your head around the director's troubled mind!
Whilst only a couple of sexual scenes - in hazy flashback mode, tip it into the realms of a genuine 18-rated anime, the overall effect is a genuinely disturbing one and is likely to stay with you for a long time.