A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.
I definitely was not expecting the bloody dildos! XD Or the butt plug fight. That was amazing... the action sequences may not be the most realistic always, but intense, and creative in a good way. For the most part.
I love the very concept. How the lower the probability of something is the easier it'll be to skip into an alternative realm... though the implications of this may not be what you expect. It's refreshingly different from all the multiverse-travel or parallel-timeline movies I've seen thus far.
It also combines both the sci-fi and the horror elements you'd typically find with such movies with a refreshing amount of... comedy!
And I love how elements go full circle. Like the googly eyes.
It's wholesome how though you keeping coming back to the same worlds, and the same scenarios - as boring or mundane as say a tax revision or a girlfriend introduction may be - they play a bigger role than you initially thought they would.
And everything matters.
Some things really are random but a lot of those seemingly random things serve a purpose after all, and they move beyond the boundaries you'd typically expect or find reasonable... like those stones. With googly eyes.
In the end it's a parallel to life as much as it is an out-of-this-world sci-fi movie, and to how we ought progress as a species; how to make sense of it all. How to set things in place. How to make those memory lapses and social dilemmas we might relate to the crumbling foundations of a multiverse actually make sense; have a positive influence on our outlook and life...
It's not so much about escaping the Matrix after all, but more so of making the best of it.
It's like an adult take on sci-fi. Despite the fantasy: it's real.
Michelle Yeoh was great - as always - she plays unconventional roles with ease it seems. As was Ke Huy Quan - though I feel like his role here may be overpraised - it's good but not quite as multifaceted as Yeoh's was. I think he won some awards too.
Stephanie Hsu as great as well, Jamie Lee Curtis was amazing - also with a very multi-faceted role, and James Hong - who really does look old here, and Brian Le - maybe the most recognizable martial arts man in the mix - also with a very unexpected fight scene!
It really goes places you don't expect it too, and I love that about it, but towards the end I'm also getting a little tired of the constantly flickering faces - to denote shifts in timeline/dimension, and the rotating lights that play on their faces. It's a cool effect once or twice, or at more notable moments, but they just keep repeating it, and there's clearly a limited amount of faces and timelines they alternate during this procedure too...
For the most part this movie is amazing, but I get a little tired of that.
Maybe it's by intention but... it breaks the spell a bit for me.
Less recycling there and this would've been a clear 5/5 in my book. It's innovative beyond bounds, whilst still managing to remain grounded and relatable, and meaningful, and fun, and intense, and Michelle's amazing...
I'll definitely remember this one, slightly monotone or no.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome