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2013 2h 7m Drama Sci-Fi List
57% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 41% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A man uses an advanced neurological device to enter the mind of his comatose lover. Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Calum Marsh Revelations stack and topple. By the third act, the film has so thoroughly exhausted your goodwill that any interest in plot must be jettisoned to even enjoy the aesthetics. Rated: 5.0/10 Sep 13, 2013 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg AV Club An unsatisfying, shamelessly derivative mix of elements from Inception, Flatliners, and Shutter Island. Rated: c Sep 12, 2013 Full Review Boyd van Hoeij Hollywood Reporter Tonally problematic psychological drama with a dollop of monster-movie madness. Sep 12, 2013 Full Review Ethan Vestby The Film Stage REAL is more a studio assignment than personal project for Kurosawa, yet it still displays the talents and obsessions that have made his name. Rated: B+ Jun 27, 2016 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh Playback:stl Real is an absorbing film but becomes overcomplicated (with a disappointing Twilight Zone-style twist that is both unnecessary and jarring) and goes on about 20 minutes too long. Rated: 6/10 Aug 8, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

Audience Reviews

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Audience Member Kiyoshi Kurosawa, director of Cure and Pulse and other mysterious J-horror-like films, may have lost his touch. I haven't seen Tokyo Sonata (2008) which was well received but Retribution (2006) was a boring rehash of his earlier themes and now Real (2013) is another attempt to capture a mood while also linking into the zeitgeist themes about virtual reality, entering people's dreams, blurring of reality and psychological interpretation (see Inception...or Freud). Real starts well, with a high concept set-up (the protagonist is going to link up with his girlfriend in a coma in virtual reality) and some creepy moments. But it goes on too long and is too ponderously slow to sustain viewers until the very wacky conclusion. Did I say "very wacky" - I meant "so wacky that I started talking to the screen" - and in fact the script takes a distinct nose dive into silliness and predictability (despite the silliness) that is just embarrassing - for Kurosawa (who shows he can't keep control of the tone) and for viewers (who would like their two hours back). Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Kurosawa multiplie les twist au gre des niveaux de conscience de son melo technologique sans parvenir a rendre aucun univers convaincant. C'est plus par la maladresse de son traitement et la mievrerie de ses personnages que le realisateur nous egare finalement. Terriblement brouillon... Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Points for having a dinosaur in your movie. Loss of points for everything being stupid. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis A man uses an advanced neurological device to enter the mind of his comatose lover.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Takashi Hirano
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka
Drama, Sci-Fi
Original Language
2h 7m