Avalon

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PlayStation and Xbox geeks will probably cream their jeans at the thought of this futureworld. The rest of us get to enjoy a film with all the storytelling complexity of a preschool alphabet reader.

As far as I can tell, this movie is meant to be the cinematic version of the video game "Halo." Sort of. The idea is that it's the future and this society's "Halo" is something that's so popular that it's possible for people to make a living at it. The world is in such a bad state that the violent game is pretty much all anybody has to live for.

In this case, Ash (Malgorzata Foremniak) is one of the world's best players. She plays alone, which is unusual. She does so because she used to be on a team, but her team, called Wizard, was humiliated when they had to call a reset, which they swore they'd never do. One of her former teammates, Murphy (Jerzy Gudejko), lies in the hospital, a complete vegetable. He is what is called "the unreturned". He entered a high level of the game and never came back.

Yes, this is another virtual reality movie, a mix between "The Matrix," "The Thirteenth Floor," and a PlayStation. PlayStation and Xbox geeks will probably cream their jeans at the thought of this futureworld. The rest of us get to enjoy a film with all the storytelling complexity of a preschool alphabet reader.

Eventually, Ash enters the forbidden level in an attempt to discover its secrets. She learns that reality is what we make of it. It's a profound moment on a par with, say, learning to hook up a DVD player for the first time. And gee, I've never heard anything like it before in any other movie.

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