Get ready to enter a world unlike anything you’ve seen in cinema before. A small team of therapists have successfully created a machine that allows them to enter their patients’ minds while sleeping and enter their dreams. The new invention which will change the world is called D.C Mini. But while the machine is successful and works wonderfully, chaos occurs when someone decides to steal the D.C Mini. Using the device, they begin to enter people’s minds whenever they desire, including while people are wide awake, disrupting their thoughts and dreams.
Naturally, things only get worse and worse, and the mystery thief enjoys causing havoc. Now it’s up to Paprika, a professional therapist, to investigate and seek out the master thief. The question is, can she make the major discovery of who the thief is and retrieve the machine before it’s too late?
Visually, Paprika is a masterpiece. Thanks to the strong use of colour, the animation is wonderful to look at, but more than that, this film demonstrates jaw-dropping creativity and imagination. Simply put, this film is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
At first, the plot is highly engaging. I’ll be open and confess that I went into this film knowing very little about it, and I was slightly confused by the world and plot. But as more of the plot unravels, I found myself having a great time even when I didn’t clearly understand at first. After completing the film, it left me thinking of it a great deal. This reflection reminded me just how impressive it was for its time.
Overall, this is a highly impressive film. It is filled with stunning visuals, incredible imagination, and a mysterious plot which had me hooked fairly early on. It begins with many odd moments, and I found it difficult to follow, but it’s highly rewarding if you stick with it, thanks to the reveals and themes. Viewers will be left thinking as the credits roll. It’s an experience that has honestly surprised me in multiple ways. Paprika (2006) is Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!