Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waking Life (2001) - Movie Review

Every once in a while I think I'll do a movie review so that we can move away from the monotonous blogs soli about games. Most people have a certain genre of movies that they watch and stick to, but I am one of the few that doesn't. I can sit down and watch a drama, comedy, action, horror, romance, etc. on my own without having to skip through it or be bored. So lets get down to the movie review shall we?

Movie:  Waking Life (2001)
Rating: R
Length: 99 min
Animation, Drama, Fantasy
My rating: 7/10 (7 out of 10)

My roommate recently "found" a bunch of movies labeled "mindfuck', which already tells you the general basis of how this movie is going to turn out, for us to watch. This is one of those "mindfuck" movies, but contrary to popular thought its not one of those gore movies or anything that makes you confused but rather a thought provoking movie. The movie is simple and has real actors but the movie is seen in this "animated' sort of way. I would liken the animation to something akin to cell-shading which some really like, some hate, or if you are like me you don't like or hate it.

Even though I am on neither side of the fence on the animation I really couldn't stand to watch this for 99 minutes so I had to window the movie and do something else while listening intently to the movie. The key here if you also need to window or minimize (I wouldn't suggest this as the animations are pretty good and for the most part add the the plot and the feeling the directors are trying to produce) the movie is to listen. I can't stress that enough. LISTEN to the movie. The messages that Waking Life conveys is very thought provoking and should have you nodding your head the entire time or at least a few times throughout the movie.

To be very honest this movie would get a 9 out of 10 or even a 10 out of 10 if not for the fact I couldn't stare at the animation for long and thats a big deal to me since I don't know of anyone that goes to the movies just to listen to it. (My apologies to the blind). Then again others might give it that perfect score if they actually enjoy the cell-shading type animation.

I am trying to think of what else I can talk about as I have just been talking about the looks of the movie but its rather hard since that would give away some of the movie. So I think I'll just leave it there and wait for comments about the movie for those who are going to watch it or have already watched it. Please don't spoil it for others in the comments.

As always, comments are welcome, opinions, and suggestions, as well as requests for movie reviews. I shall always try to avoid spoiling the plot for others.

For those of you wishing to buy the movie: offers it for $7.99 (shipping price not included) right now and offers it for $9.97


  1. once you accept the style you can get into the story. I can see some people have problems with it.

  2. This is a pretty interesting review, I've never considered just listening to a moving picture with sound hahaha. Sounds good though, I'll check it out thanks

  3. Mind fuck movie's, didn't even know that was a genre, but I like it!

  4. I love watching mind fuck movies!

  5. Thanks for the nice post! I might watch that movie as you just got my curiosity ^^

  6. i saw that movie, very beautiful, like a long lucid dream :)

    Post some mindfucks movies please, like "Waking Life", "What the "beep" do we know" and others! :D

  7. 9/10 is good enough for me, will be watching!

  8. Just gonna download it. I'm not such a fan of supporting people who are already millionaires... Cheers ;)

  9. This was a pretty good movie. Following

  10. I love anything in the "mindfuck" genre. I should look into this.

  11. It's cool movie, some interesting topics you can use in a daily chat.