IN-SHADOW: A Modern Odyssey

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This is not entertainment, it's a digital spell. It is an opportunity for transformation. Within the span of 13 minutes, you will be taken into the dark collective unconscious of our times, exploring media manipulation, consumer cultural, political polarization, and other themes that emanate from our collective underbelly.

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” -C.G. Jung

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Written, Directed & Produced by Lubomir Arsov
Original Soundtrack “Age of Wake” by Starward Projections
Composited by Sheldon Lisoy
Additional Compositing by Hiram Gifford
Art Directed & Edited by Lubomir Arsov


Okay, that was freaking awesome. I love how it's all done without dialogue. I thought it might have a plot at first. It certainly didn't need one. I think for a lot of people, their two biggest vices are greed and lust. That was mostly covered here.

I just love how everyone's floating around. It's pretty easy to understand the metaphors. Well, they aren't even really metaphors. Of course, the music was amazing too. We need more unique cartoons like this. I will not let power corrupt me, not that I'd ever get any anyway.

I don't often feel the urge to leave reviews, but I felt I ought to for this.
The artwork, the music, basically everything was great except for one critical fault that I cannot ignore: The meaning.
Despite all the imagery, despite all the symbolism, this video felt utterly devoid of any real meaning. If I had to ascribe any political stance, I'd call this some kind of anarcho-primitivist screed written by someone who wishes they weren't vaccinated as a child.
Speaking of vaccines, there were a few positive aspects of modern society (or aspects that COULD be positive if properly utilized) that were seemingly presented as wholly negative. If anything, the whole thing felt tediously hopeless, droning on and on about how awful the world is with some kind of pseudo-spiritualist ending tacked on about how there's totally hope in the end, guys.
Throughout the entire video, there was never any sign that any of this could be changed or improved in any way. In spite of this, the ending seems to insist the opposite; that we really can fix it! Or, rather, it seemed more like it would fix itself. Still running counter to the rest of the video.
After the five minute mark, I regularly found myself checking how much longer the video was because I was ready for it to be over.
Mr. Arsov, you're pretentious as hell. You seem like you stand around in modern art museums going "Hmm." at everything. You probably sit around all day thinking about how much smarter than the rest of humanity you are. It's likely that if I ever met you, I would do my best to not have to talk to you ever again.
The sheer work put into this earns it 1.5 stars, but the writing and meaning (or lack thereof) fell so flat that I can't go any higher.
Vaccinate your fucking children.

good sound, I like the style of the animation,reminds me of the batman beyond intro for some reason...raw dark reality nice

Sometimes I would like to have superpowers to change the world, then I remember a christian named Jesus, and I discard the idea.

The symbolism is clear at the first half but I don't get the last part, is it suppose to be someday the corrupted society will be torn apart and people will somehow "ascend" to a better generation?

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4.57 / 5.00

Jun 18, 2018
4:26 PM EDT
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