The Congress (2013) - Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

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An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Ari Folman
Stars: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel
Length: 122 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 20 out of 71 found boring (28.16%)

One-line Reviews (64)

Poorly directed, badly acted by the entire cast, poorly written and terribly slow.

Director Ari Forman, who won his first Academy Award for Waltz with Bashir, crafts a trippy, fascinating story anchored by an astonishing performance by Robin Wright in The Congress.

The Congress explores a fascinating concept that I've always contemplated ever since my realization of technology's limitless advancement: how indispensable are actors, exactly, or any other worker for that matter?

What started out as a slow, yet fascinating step into the almost now world of entertainment where technology's advancement is able to immortalize actors\characters (eg.

The story is weird, wonderful, but a little (a bit more, actually) confusing.

It isn't anywhere close to the usual "3-act movie structure" (in fact in sometimes it borders on inchoate), yet in its own unusual way it's engrossing and powerful.

While the plot does a good job of creating characters I want to get to know, the dialog is dull and apathetic.

Unwatchable .

I personally really enjoyed it even though I found it a bit messy at times.

The first act is 45 minutes long and is paced slower than coal turning into diamonds.

Robin struggles to maintain balance between her fears and too-intense desires.

Not my personal cup of tea, if I'm being honest, but I enjoyed it just fine.

The visuals are certainly stunning, looking like Hayao Miyazaki and the Disney brand had a baby (and that baby took some acid before it came out of the womb).

fascinating portrayal .

And during that hour's duration, time really flies by and the movie's engaging quality persists throughout.

Something that is unique and fascinating in a medium that doesn't take enough chances in North America.

I think the pretentious and unfocused writing let it down and the need to cram in as much as possible so much so that not even the lasting memory will be wow!

Also, the stunning opening is among the best scenes I've seen this year.

The story line left something to be desired for me, it felt disjointed, it was an almost sell your soul to the devil feel.

Visually stunning, well worked out characters and a very actual topic that raises questions about being and the power of pharmaceutics and media companies over people.

Worth watching.

This part of the film was great but when it jumps to 20 years later, it just turns into a right confusing mess.

I have to admit that the first 45 minutes of this movie were quite intriguing.

Straddles the line between pretentious and brilliant .

I do like animations in general, but I wasn't that excited about this particular one and the plot, oh my, it's got so convoluted and confusing and boring at the same time that instead of enjoying the movie, I was waiting when it was finally over.

And when I am saying anti-Holocaust I mean against its use for financial or propaganda purposes, like most Hollywood movies about the subject.

What follows is a convoluted mess that is needlessly confusing and ironically shallow for a film that is satirising the shallow nature of celebrity.

As the title indicates, this movie is simply unwatchable.

If you are looking for a Sci-Fi action movie then don't waste your time.

Pretentious, boring French films.

Or if they are, they are obscured by the mixed metaphors and confusing tangents in the animated world.

but I still find the Congress worth watching at least once.

And there's some truly riveting scenes, one of my favorites being when she's getting scanned into the computer, with it ultimately being a breath of fresh air.

There is very little wrong with this movie, and so much has been done "Wright" that I really Enjoyed it, and would recommend this movie to anyone looking for something new.

The film does end on a thought-provoking and intriguing note; the film's second half is quite surrealistic.

The film tries to explain a lot but not in the right places, which makes the pace even slower and the viewer will feel himself alienated from the whole happening.

Oh, okay…" It's a truly frustrating experience that amounts to a strange and unsatisfying climax that's swathed in ambiguity and confusion.

It just turns into a random soup of nonsense with potential sub-plots that none of them are fully examined but it just jumps from one sub-plot to another as if in a dreamlike state, which granted is probably intentional but it makes it really hard to follow or to even care to follow tbh.

All in all, The Congress is an odd, but fascinating look at a future when we give up all we are in exchange for entertainment.

While she's retired and spending the rest of her days either on vacation or miserably attending to her ill son (whose health—vision—is gradually deteriorating), her semblance is starring in some enthralling and intense action flick as a young, sexy spy.

The problem is that the dialogues are too expositive sometimes, at certain parts it can get confusing it's truth.

The premise, that when an actor appears in a film, the actual actor is no longer needed, is fascinating.

However, all of a sudden, the film takes an unexpected and bizarre direction towards its last half, guiding us into an animated world as opposed to the prior live-action format.

Prolly the worst movie I've watched in the past 2 years.

What follows next is possibly driven to the confusion between reality and the fictional world.

The disjointed nature made it difficult to follow and boring at times.

While some elements of the film are fragmented and undeveloped, it is overall a fascinating portrayal of the blur between fiction and reality, and the human obsession with image.

The animation is colorful, lush, sprouting and adds to confusion in the vein of Avatar.

Stunning .

A boring and convoluted mess.

I could live with all it's flaws, because it was quite an intriguing film.

It was TOO bizarre and totally uninteresting from that point on.

The first half-hour of trippy cartoonage is exciting, to say the least.

worth watching again

Coherence is sacrificed because the cross between reality and fantasy is confusing, leaving the audience not sure what the purpose of these discursive moments is.

Instead we are presented with a dull mash up of unfocused and confusing story threads.

I got "the Congress" while looking for anime and what a stunning surprise it was.

While some will find The Congress a bit messy and difficult to follow, it certainly reinforces Folman's innovative and creative approach to story telling and filmmaking.

but ended up being just disjointed and uninteresting.

It's as if we all took a psychedelic drug and were kidnapped and immersed into this world.

young Princess Leia or Peter Cushing in Rogue One, Paul Walker in the fast and furious even Oliver Read in Gladiator) at the halfway point turns into a slower trippy, incoherent, nonsensical, European animation that has you constantly scratching at your head so that come the last 10 minutes you simply just want it to end (and don't expect to find a conclusion in the congress).

It is also very surprising that for a film where so much is happening and with all the great sound and imagery how boring it is.

It really is dull because of the mess it finds itself in as the film goes on and I did find myself losing interest in all it's fragmented disarray.

The actors are all great, and the voice acting is just as emotionally gripping as the live performances.