Avatar (no, not THAT Avatar)
“Avatar” is quickly becoming one of the most overused title for movies. Is there no synonyms for avatar? Anyway…
Avatar is a new horror movie by Atsushi Wada starring Ai Hashimoto. She is a model for Seventeen magazine and made her movie debut in 2009 with the movie Give and Go and recently in Tetsuya Nakashiima’s movie Confession (2010). In Avatar, Ai plays a mundane student name Michiko who becomes addicted to an online social network call SNS (social networking system…I know, creative isn’t it?). Her obsession leads her to try and become her online avatar in real life even through means of plastic surgery. The obsession eventually drives her to commit crimes such as murder all for the sake of a higher status on the site and getting more of the site’s virtual money. The movie is set to release in spring of 2011.
With social network like Facebook and Twitter becoming an everyday part of our lives, this movie seems to portray the twisted outlook of someone whose life is entirely on the social network. Even though it’s a horror movie, I can’t help but give a chuckle thinking of someone committing crimes to get more plots of land on Farmville. Really? Is it that serious? The idea behind it is interesting though so I’m interested to see how it’ll turn out.