Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 250 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese: DD 2.0
Release Date: 16/6/2014
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Rune Balot and her partner are out at a casino playing Blackjack
where she is being told how the others will inevitably lose the game and
leave as they are being led to win a few games, then will lose. The
owner of the casino is the same man who tried to kill and then burn to
death Rune when she was younger. He can see Rune and her friend are
doing well, and don't like it, advising his men to "burn them."
get the impression everyone who works for the boss is aware he tried to
kill her but must pay them well to keep their opinions to themselves.
He is also the sort of boss who can buy anyone he likes for money he
would consider nothing. Rune and her friend plan on taking him down by
winning over a million at his casino as a payback for how she was used
and abused while she worked for him. When another player who works for
the boss is sent down to play them in a closed game, Rune has a hard
time getting more than a draw, but they aves seen the chip with Shell's
memories on the table and it is within their reach.
As Rune is
communication via a hidden microphone inside her glove, their new player
finds it suspicious, and tells her. She, in turn tries to alleviate the
stress of the situation by removing her gloves to show that she isn't
trying to cheat him or the casino. The games they play are long and
laborious, but show the stress Rune will go through to dishonour her
player for working for his boss, and his boss for what he did to her.
From what I could see, they are lucky to have made it out of the casino
alive after what they attempted. Using the chip they got from the
casino, she will be able to read Shell's memories to find out who he
lead a life of crime in the first place. As Rune needs Oefcoque's help
she only has a day to get the information, but it should be enough as
she has grown used to being able to read criminals minds.
of the movie takes place in the casino where her winning makes a mockery
of their boss even though the man who plays her tells her that there
are consequences of her being there. It has taken three movies, but this
time around Rune shows her courageous side for once. From the start she
has been a weak girl who couldn't look after herself and relied on her
cruel boss to help give her what she wanted even though it was for the
price of being his slave. She has grown strong and here she stands up to
the one man who hurt and tried to kill her prone body. There are
several flashbacks to the time the incident happened that show how far
she has come in being victorious. As a third movie that shows how brave
she is being in her former captors lair, it can get a little tedious
watching a card game play out for so long, but if you stick with it, you
will understand how much it means to Rune. She has to beat her former
boss no matter what the consequences.
Bonus Material: Promo Video.
Verdict: It's an unusual series, but one that will stick in the minds of viewers.