I liked the first movie, but this was just pointless.
The first half of the movie is spent skinny dipping with talking dolphins in the rainbow cyber ocean. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against talking dolphins. Howard was a pretty cool dolphin. But although this movie tries its best to be trippy, the Illuminatus Trilogy this is not. Japanese people on drugs are about as wild as sober Americans.
After we get out of the rainbow cyber ocean, we have a brief interlude where the bad guys chop some arms off and then get eaten by flying sharks. It’s a pleasant break.
Then we spend the second half of the movie talking to some old lady in a casino. They tried their best to make playing in the casino seedy and badass and shit, but it fails miserably. “Ahaha, I have a computer that can do math! I’m so cool!” Doesn’t really work. Plus, the whole reason for them to go to the casino is so contrived to be laughable. Some bad guy stored his memories in twelve casino chips. Brilliant idea, why not store your memories somewhere where anyone can take them?! He should have stuck with the tried and true “bury them in a hole” plan.
- Storytelling – D – What story?
- Voice – D – So dumb I guess it’s unusual?
- Characters – C – They had decent characters in the first movie, but this one added nothing to them.
- Attention Grab – C – Lost interest in both the rainbow ocean and casino.
- Production – B – Looks pretty good.
- Overall – D+
Recommendations – Ghost in the Shell
3 thoughts on “Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion Review — D+”
I really liked the first compression, but the second combustion didn’t seem to flow with the first movie. The first one built up that cliffhanger and got me all excited, but then this one really didn’t have as much action (or the type that I was expecting) in it.
Yeah, same here. This one seemed to be only tangentially related to the first movie, and didn’t have much of a driving narrative at all.