Paprika. Director Satoshi Kon. Starring Megumi Hayashibara. Toru Furuya. Opens May 25.
After giving Paprika an hour and a half of undivided attention, I still have no idea what the plot is about. The images in my mind are indeterminate and disjointed, leading me to believe that instead of showing an actual movie, Sony somehow injected acid into the bloodstreams of those of us in the preview audience and sent us on a feature-length trip. Paprika is an anime movie, so maybe some of the confusion is to be expected. According to the press packet, Paprika is about a dream detector that is stolen. Through a series of criminal activities, the dream world and reality become one. However, according to me, Paprika is about naked Japanese heroines fighting evil paraplegics with tree branches as arms while armies of porcelain dolls and refrigerators march in unison. Under no circumstance should you see this movie while sober. - Courtney Nichols
Rating: No domo arigato, Mr. Roboto