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Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)

Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)

Watching a movie about a strange blade-wielding parasite taking over people's bodies with the intent of killing all humankind, while the corona pandemic sweeps over the globe? Why not.

I can't say if the similarities to the anime (and before that manga) on which it was based are all there, but I did recognize most of it, and the emotional moments still strike you hard. Maybe not as much as in the anime though.

At first Migi (the friendly mutant right hand - as seen above) almost seems like a comical sidekick - but maybe he did there too.

It's an epic and bizarre journey, though, where the regular high school student Shin'ichi is faced against foe after foe - each more dangerous than the last - and along the way he loses his mother and almost his girl.

There's just one thing that bothers me. Scene after they jump out the building. Way too much shaky came.

I don't know why I'm speaking like a machine. It comes with the territory maybe. Unintentional movie inspirations. But Parasyte certainly puts humanity at its edge, and really asks the question: Who are we, and what are we doing with our lives?

I wonder if those questions at all get answered in part 2... the anime was bleak and despairing. Maybe this will be the same.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

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  1. S3C
    Sunday Jun/28/2020

    5/5?? Damn I gotta see this. I only got to the first 3-4 episodes of the anime, even though my viewing was limited it's probably my favorite anime series behind GiTS.

    Also what about Parasite(2019) that movie got really good reviews. Haven't seen it yet. Damn I need Netflix (and high speed internet).

  2. Cyber
    Sunday Jun/28/2020

    Oooh, yeah it's definitely worth a watch. Thought it'd feel strange seeing this after the animated alternative, but it's not so dissimilar after all. Maybe 5/5 is a little high as far as production goes, but the originality; the feeling; the sum of all fears and experiences... it feels deserving after all.

    Got that recommendation from a Korean buddy last year, first thought it might have something to do with this. :) Seems promising, just haven't gotten around to it either.

  3. Cyber
    Sunday Jun/28/2020

    Netflix ain't perfect if you're seeking out particular older titles btw. It seems they focus a lot mostly on a combination of the newer ones and a selection of classics - and the selection continually changes. Not everything's there.

    At least that's how it was last I had a trial with them, still a great assortment but not ideal if you want to watch specific titles rather than their recommendations.



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