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Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, 2012

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Marvel as Tom Hanks switches between prosthetic noses to play six characters from six eras. Smack your gob at the sight of Hugh Grant as a 24th-century cannibal. Flabber your gast as Susan Sarandon speaks in shamanic tribal gibberish.

The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker tackle David Mitchell’s fantastical, bemusing, genre-hopping novel with commensurate audacity: the nightmarish, clone-populated world of Neo Seoul AD2144 looks like Blade Runner reinvigorated, while the pidgin English spoken on an off-Earth colony in AD2321 is descended from the broken dialects in Russell Hoban and Anthony Burgess’s dystopian fiction. Provided you brush aside the bland metaphysical musings, this is a fine fantasy romp.

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