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This is my first Newgrounds submission. A sinister plan presented in quite an abstractive way.
Any comments are welcome.
I wasn't expecting a movie that had a bit of... "brains" put into to it, to be honest. It's not that often that I come across something that isn't mindless violence, or pointless porno. This was another one of those little gems that I was lucky enough to find, and I will be posting it in my topic about these sort of films. As it started, I wasn't sure what to think. I knew it was a metaphor for something, but it could be interpreted in so many ways. When he finally loaded into the van, I figured it had something to do with gaining a new identity. But I found out that I was incorrect almost immediately.
The idea that the army "steals heads" is quite the deep thought. Although many share the same sort of mentality, you managed to put it into an art form, or something that most will be able to understand. I noticed that the recruits never had smiles on their faces, meaning that they knew things were wrong, and they weren't going to pretend like the world was fine. When the army man issued them a new head, he also issued them new thoughts. Taking away any doubts about what he is to be doing in a far away land. All of his political views and feelings have been made to be the same as everybody elses, made to be what the government wants them to be, and I thought that this message was one of thought-provoking brilliance.
The graphics weren't bad. Obviously, i've seen a lot better on this website. But I couldn't draw as good as you, therefore I should give you some credit there. Your style was... brilliant. The metaphorical meaning was one that could only be figured out at the end, and it kept the viewer guessing and thinking throughout the whole movie.
Using "mainstream" music is usually a bad sign among newgrounds movies. Although I wouldn't consider R.E.M. THAT "mainstream" the fact that people know who they are can sometimes hurt the movie. But I personally have never heard the song before, therefore the next time I hear it I will immediately be reminded of this movie, as opposed to those who have heard it being reminded of something else. Their was a tad bit of violence, but it was merely a literally device used in the form of a moving picture.
All in all, this is one of the better movies i've viewed in a long while. You managed to give meaning to your flash, which is something most authors don't really care about. Thank you.
I appreciate it that you took time to write an in-depth review. You've said some great things and I agree with your comments.
I'm glad you enjoyed it and that you understood what it stands for.
Whoa... symbolic thought provoking Flash here....
Hmm.... different I didn't know what this was leadng upto, depressing and different. I didn't get what it meant when the Green guy stuck the red guys "stuffing" in his head... I know that's suppose to mean something, please explain, thanks. Great flash, you know with the war going on a lot of people are reacting in this fashion ( Green Day, protesting woman by Bush's Texas home, and a lot of activatists ) I agree we should not have to have a war, but sometime things just have to be done, or otherwise this country wouldn't be as it is today
The Green Voodoo represents the army. Taking the stuffing out of the new-recruit is a symbol of the army "stealing" his brain. Thus turning him into what they want.
just, great man. Unexpected ending. And it's true. Fantastic flash, hope it gets the frontpage.
Wow. Now THIS is a Halloween submission.
Why is it that real-life stuff is always scarier than any horror movie? I mean, seriously now... But, yeah, I didn't see that twist at the end coming (and in the meantime, I was busy saying to myself, "What the heck...?")
I guess you are saying that people in the Army have no brains? If so, good thing they are there so you even have the chance to make this flash. Beats living in a 3rd world country, right?
I understand the anger. Let me clear things up for you. I live in Israel and I'm currently a soldier.
I didn't mean to say soldiers have no brains, I meant to say that the army steals it from you, turning you into what they want.
Soldiers are people, they can be good people or bad, the army however, scars them.
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