TAD 2015 Review: Tag

“Life is surreal. Don’t let it get to you.”

Japanese director Sion Sono is releasing six movies on 2015. One of them, The Whispering Star, played at TIFF this year and it is fantastic. But when someone is as prolific as Sono, don’t expect everything to have the same type of quality.

Tag, part of this massive batch, is a gory comedy about surrealism, fate and taking control of your life. Rather, that’s what the movie wants to be. Realistically, it’s a movie about a girl running away from things trying to kill her, while The Walking Dead soundtrack plays on the background.

The film looks at surrealism in a way we’re not used to. It’s not that creepy and dreamlike state we find characters in. It’s about chaos and how random life is. Tag takes this to the very extreme. The script doesn’t make any sense because it’s not supposed to. People will say Tag “is so bad it’s good” because it is incredibly stupid and unexpected. And that’s the point.

The problem is that this kind of instability breaks a film’s structure. It doesn’t feel like a movie. Tag is like a music video or a group of short stories poorly put together with duct tape.

Sure, it’s funny at times. Especially in the first act, before the movie gets too nonsensical. But this is far from worth it.


R. Duval is a Toronto-based, Twitter-obsessed journalist. He could spend his entire life discussing TV or film. He also doesn't trust people that don't get emotionally involved with fictional characters.

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