🎦Paprika (2006) 🎭Sci-fi psychological thriller
Today we focus on a completely different medium. We take a look at Paprika, the animation that inspired Inception by Christopher Nolan. The anime focuses on a team of scientists who find a way to enter a person’s dream (sounds familiar, doesn’t it), however they realise that the technology they built can be used for evil rather than good.
The film is specific, has many references and is lenient towards the Japanese animation stylistically. Many people will not understand the references nor the concepts, they might even seem alien to you, however we do have to remember that the culture is completely different and therefore it is something we as a western audience are not used to. However, the ideas that are present throughout the film can be seen in Inception and it isn’t hard to see what could have expired Nolan to make that film, along with the concept that the further we progress in the film, the vaguer the line between dream and reality is.
Overall, the film was a pleasure to watch for me, the animation style is simplistic and beautiful, whilst also well-thought of. The concepts of contemporary and probable, the positives and negatives of science, advantages of internet and dehumanization are all illustrated with great precision. Paprika will expose any newcomer to something foreign and deeply personal.