15 Oct 2018

Animal World (Yan Han, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼
 
A prime example of false advertising, Animal World (Dong wu shi jie) is most definitely not a crazy, pulpy and colorful action fantasy about a young man who turns into a sword-wielding clown and goes on a monster killing spree, but rather an overlong and cliché-ridden, though visually inspired (and eventually somewhat touching) 'thriller' about a bunch of debtors stuck on a loan shark's ship where they are forced to play the game of rock-paper-scissors using fancy cards and mathematical wit to win star badges (!) or lose their life, with the 'good parts' that are shown in the trailer and described above happening in our empathetic hero's head, and standing for a blunt metaphor about the difficulties of being a naïve philanthropist in a material world.

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