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6 Degrees Entertainment

'COMA' [Blu-ray]
(Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Anton Pampushnyy, et al / Blu-ray / NR / 2020 / MPI Home Video)

Overview: After a tragic accident, a young architect wakes up in a dystopian world: COMA. Here, reality is made from the memories of people who have fallen into a comatose state.

Cities, rivers and the sky all flow in and out of each other — fragmented and unstable just like our memories. The common laws of physics don’t exist and nightmarish reapers roam the land spreading death.

Having lost most of his own memory, the architect must develop new skills to survive and adapt to the chaos around him. On his search for a way back to reality, he joins a rogue group of fighters and discovers a secret that will affect their lives forever.

Blu-ray Verdict: An amalgamation of 'Annihilation,' 'The Matrix' and 'Inception,' 'COMA' is a story chock full of weird dreams, fantasies, and psychosis. Add to that en masse of layered upon layered CGI, the sci-fi genre has been admittedly quiet these past few years, and so we should all welcome this movie with open arms.

To be honest, and having watched the trailer a few times before the Blu-ray arrived for review, I assumed that it was simply an American B-movie, but it turns out (as the trailer tends to hide all speaking-on-camera actors), that it's a badly dubbed Russian to American movie.

But hold on, that doesn't make it bad, as a whole. No, far from it, for whoever the CGI team were, well, wow, they did a fantastic job at creating running wild, highly imaginative landscapes and cinescapes for the actors to play within.

Colorful from all angles and with a plot not that hard to follow, and coming complete with a twist ending you will either roll your eyes at and throw your hands up in the arms in disgust at, or you will warmly embrace, smile and nod in appreciation (for me, it was the latter), 'COMA' may well be swimming in the waters of a Russian 'Inception 2', but its filmmakers carefully tread water, instead of taking a deep dive, into questioning the nature of reality.

In closing, sure, the dubbed speeches come across annoyingly out of sync, for the most part, but once you learn not to stare at the mouths of the actor speaking and just concentrate on another actor or some building scenery, the visual buoyancy found here within 'COMA' does start to win the day. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Extras of:

"CGI" - Featurette
"The Characters" - Featurette
"Love" - Featurette
"The World of COMA" - Featurette
Audio Tracks: English Dub and Russian with English subtitles.

'Coma' [Blu-ray] is out August 4th, 2020 via MPI Home Video.

Official 'COMA' Trailer