Friday, 23 January 2015
Adaptation Film Review: Paprika
The film is about three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research who fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother.
It was attempting to push the boundaries of surrealism and force them into realistic spaces. It felt like in some areas to be reminiscent of 'Inception' by Christopher Nolan. I believe it did this by asking us subliminally if the animation was currently in dreamspace or awake, just like Inception did. The editing was repetitive just like the dream sequences, it was a constant reminder to events that occurred earlier in the film. The soundtrack was filled with energetic Japanese pop, it gave us a hint we would see Paprika by including her own theme tune.
I would recommend this to people who have seen animations such as the Studio Ghibli collection or looking for a fresher release from anime eastern cinema.