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A Wind Named Amnesia: 06/04/05

Ian rented a pair of animated films but the turkey of the pair was A Wind Named Amnesia. Like The Forgotten, aliens come to earth to test the importance of memory on mankind. Whereas in The Forgotten the test was done on a very small scale (16 families), A Wind Named Amnesia proposes the same scenario but on a global scale and it is a total amnesia that includes loss of language, loss of tool use, etc. Of course though, there is one person (Waturu — which means "wanderer" in Japanese) who knows what has happened (more or less), knows how to drive a car and how to speak. Of course he meets up with the alien in charge of the experiment and they travel across the United States from San Francisco to New York for now particular reason beyond the alien meeting up with her ride home to where ever it is she comes from.

Ian and I feel the opposite on these films. He preferred Amnesia and I Forgotten. I found Amnesia too unbelievable to give a damn about any of the characters. It doesn't seem possible that entire cities would be so thoroughly destroyed after only two years or that people would so completely forget everything. I've seen enough ghost towns to know how well things last when people forget about them. Plus people just don't forget everything. Even patients with "total" amnesia will have some sort of remaining skills.

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