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Natural City review
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death of a cyborg

this is often called the korean bladerunner and the connection is fairly blatant. cyborgs with lifespans trying to circumvent their inevitable death. as well, a cop who falls in love with one. yet short of some nice future asain city backdrops these are about all it has in common with bladerunner. it doesn't live up to its potential although its not entirely bad either.

in fact the basis of the story is short sighted. a cop wants to prolong the life of a stripper he falls in love with. he hires a doctor that is seemingly capable of doing it. the same doctor has his own agenda to prolong his own life by transferring his memory into a cyborg which doesn't seem very logical, but then he is also apparently sending soldier cyborg into the city's main power and info source to find a fit for a transfer to a human. the fit also happens to run into the cop and this sets up a complicated relationship between the two.

honestly i may have some of the facts wrong here because i found myself not really caring what was happening. it just kind've plods along. a number of fight scenes with so many quick cuts and odd angles you'll have no idea whats happening. some pointless banter about this and that which never really amounts to much. the characters are shallow despite efforts to create relationships...its never more than something that seems placed there because it seems like it should be.

maybe i expected too much. its nicely done if not spectacular. its completely watchable if not very memorable which in my opinion sucks because there was good potential here and its never reached.

so so. maybe i wasn't in the mood. maybe its just not that great.
(6/10)
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Added by shawn tomorrow
9 years ago on 5 May 2012 07:08