Genocidal Organ 2017 movie

Genocidal Organ – The endless war without winners or defeated

We often underestimate the power of words, but certainly not in the case of Genocidal Organ, a disturbing and exciting 2017 animated movie.

This story takes place in the (not even much dystopian) future of a world under bombings and terrorism, reaching the day of a nuclear explosion in Sarajevo, in the heart of Europe.

Of course, the response of international governments is to impose totalitarian control over the population, overwatching them every minute with every military and technological means possible.

At this point, we meet the protagonist, Clavis Shepherd, a secret CIA soldier physically enhanced and mentally influenced to live with the many horrors he sees in action.

His priority mission is to stop a worldwide escalation of wars and genocides that seem to erupt within a short distance of time and space of each other, bringing violence so quickly that it is obvious there is someone’s intervention underneath.

Following the path of destruction of these wars, his team sets out on the trail of American John Paul, who was once a bigwig in the Secret Service.

But John seems to be an untraceable ghost, so to get to him, Clavis travels to Europe and pretends to want to take private language lessons from Lucia Škroupova, a philologist they know for a fact to be an accomplice.

Thus, we discover that the power of words is actual reality because behind these attacks is an old project of world hegemony by power through a powerful suggestion of subliminal messages.

These messages reach our minds and an organ that lies dormant in our bodies and stimulates our aggression, which John calls the Genocidal Organ.

As Clavis gets closer to his prey, shocked by all these revelations, he is no longer sure of the side he wants to fight for.

A Genre-Defying Narrative Blend

Genocidal Organ, released in 2017, stands apart from any attempt at movie categorization, despite its science fiction premise, with a narrative that drags the viewer on a journey without a defined destination through different settings that reflect the changing beliefs of the characters.

A world transformed into a conceptual prison, where the plot unfolds between the folds of a political-philosophical treatise and a spy action thriller.

Despite being a Japanese production directed by Shukō Murase, the work breathes a deeply cosmopolitan atmosphere, transcending Eastern cultural boundaries.

I regret that I have not yet explored the other film adaptations of Project Itoh‘s novels, but I pledge to fill this gap soon and devote an article to the trilogy.

Returning to the movie, the action scenes feature a spectacular and gory visual style, with shootouts that leave dismembered bodies in broad sprays of blood.

In contrast, moments of introspection into the characters’ private lives are painted in bright, vivid colors to represent a rebirth after violence.

Punctuating the continuous rhythm of the images is the protagonist’s voice, initially detached because of the psychological treatment that has made him an efficient and emotionless soldier.

This voice blends with Yoshihiro Ike’s music, underscoring the coldness and impersonality of international espionage, which is in keeping with current themes about terrorism and religious extremism.

Notably, Franz Kafka’s references—the renowned Bohemian writer known for his imaginative and often unsettling stories—add a layer of intrigue to the narrative. While seemingly outlandish, these dialogues reflect our society’s distortions, making them a thought-provoking addition to the story.

In this sense, the most terrifying aspect of the story is that it does not seem absurd or improbable; perhaps, at certain moments, we are all victims of a very similar global manipulation.

The ever-changing patterns of good and evil

The psychology of these characters is a fascinating journey that is constantly evolving, not set in stone. We will find ourselves changing opinions about them, just as the roles between good and evil shift between the supposed ‘democracy’ of the Western world and the terrorists’ aims and actions.

Of course, the most radical change will occur for Clavis Shepherd, a young super-soldier who initially seems adamant and confident, at least as much as he is silent, fast, and deadly on the battlefield.

His body alterations supposedly make him insensitive to pain and guilt over his actions; nevertheless, we hear the voice of his thoughts constantly questioning the meaning of what he sees and is doing.

Therefore, when he comes face to face with archenemy John Paul, the soldier is worn down by doubts that his side is not necessarily the “good guys,” as America is no less involved in attacks on other countries to maintain its people’s standards and lifestyle.

Likewise, John is practically a more experienced counterpart of Clavis with far fewer illusions: both are secret agents who have been killing and lying all their lives but now can no longer accept the orders of a nation whose hidden sins they know.

Halfway between these two men/warriors stands young Lucia Škroupova, a language and word expert, this idealistic girl who would like a better world but is smart enough to know the sad reality of conflicts between nations.

These conflicts are as real as ever, a stark reminder of our collective desire for the best resources of our old planet – a vast world – yet it cannot provide for everyone, as the countless wars in human history stand as undeniable proof.

I admit to not having heard of this animated movie in 2017, but having met it now, I must recommend Genocidal Organ for everyone to watch as an experience beyond action/espionage entertainment.

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