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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything.
|Studio :||Eskwad, StudioCanal, Wild Bunch,|
|Crew :||Assistant Art Director, Assistant Art Director,|
|Cast :||Vincent Cassel Philippe Nahon Albert Dupontel Jo Prestia Jean-Louis Costes|
|Genre :||Drama Thriller Crime Mystery|
I like Black Panther, but I didn't like this movie.
Good start, but then it gets ruined
Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.
I thought I've seen it all, but no. This is the worst movie I've ever seen by far. Acting, script, directing, meaning,purpose zero... It supposed to be brutal, but it was extremely predictable with only one meaningless scene. Completely overrated from fake-cultured people... The camera must be from a supermarket and the lights from director's living room. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this in your entire life.
The camera-work intensifies the feeling of dread. If you are prone to motion sickness, you would be well-served to take a Dramamine before watching it. It was difficult to watch the scene in the club when the man is beaten with a fire hydrant. I felt like I was watching a snuff film. It was too intense and I had to avert my eyes. The sounds were horrible enough. The story line drew me in, though, and I had to continue watching. Some people have commented that the rape scene was too long, but I believe that was necessary for the realism. As the movie continues the scenes backwards, I felt that style of filming worked perfectly. It was easy enough to follow as all the scenes were connected completely. The ending was filled with surreal images. This movie is not for the faint of heart and definitely for mature audiences only.
Normally, when I write a review, I just write about my feelings about the movie. But people have been so off the mark in their interpretations that I just felt like I had to speak up because everyone is either LOVING the movie for the wrong reasons or HATING the movie for the wrong reasons. So let me try to explain as best as I can what themes this movie was exploring:1. Barbarism is Toxic Pierre was the sensitive, sweet nice guy all evening who hated Marcus' violent behavior and kept begging him to turn back away from his revenge fantasy. Pierre was so disgusted by Marcus' behavior that he even called him a caveman and an animal. Yet he was the one who wound up savagely killing a man, not Marcus. Why? First Marcus kept bullying him and calling him gay at the party. Later, he was exposed to both the rabid homophobia and racism of both Marcus and the two thugs for hire as they attacked a Chinese cab driver and slashed a transsexual. Even though Pierre was above the violence, thuggery, homophobia and racism, the barbarism was so toxic that like a poison, it wound up infecting him before he even realized what was happening. By the time he did, it was too late. So this is the first theme of the movie. Even if you are by nature a tolerant, nonviolent, civilized person, if you're exposed enough to barbaric behavior, you can become impacted by it.2. Tragedy and Evil Impacts Everyone, No Matter Who You Are Irreversible did this very strange thing where it started out looking dark, brown and muddy and then, as it progressed, became more colorful and cheerful until it faded to white. So we get this picture of Alex's life being portrayed as oh, so innocent and sweet like a Disney cartoon, and The Rectum's victim's life as being dark and disgusting. The point was to contrast Alex's "acceptable, wholesome" life with that of the Rectum victim to say that evil and tragedy doesn't play favorites. Anyone can be a victim, whether you are a young, beautiful, popular affluent woman or an outcast hated by society who lives out a debauched life of "sin" in the seedy underbelly of BDSM clubs. 3. Tragedy Can Happen at Any Time Many people wonder what the point of having Alex be pregnant was all about, and on a gorgeous spring day. Well, the point was to say that tragedy can happen at any time in your life. Tragedy doesn't say, "Oh, it's a beautiful day today and you just got some great news. Think I'll wait for you to have a bad day and when it's gloomy and raining outside!" It can strike whether you're having a great day or whether you're having a lousy day, whether it's sunny outside or raining.4. There's No Such Thing as FateAlex had a dream that morning that seemed like a premonition of her rape. Later she suggests that she believes in Fate. Irreversible says this isn't true, that what we call "fate" is a matter of "accident"--in other words a series of bad timing, decisions and chance happenstances that, had they played out a little differently, would've completely changed the course of events.This is what the whole time jumping "gimmick" is about. Every time the movie jumps back in time, it jumps back to a specific moment when, had the characters done or said something differently, would've averted Alex's rape and The Rectum murder. For example, the reason why the party scene starts specifically at the part when Marcus does coke is that if he hadn't done that line of coke, he and Alex wouldn't have had the fight that led her to leave the party by herself. BTW, the guy who shows up at the underpass as Alex as getting raped? That was showing that her rape wasn't fated; it was a classic case of bad timing. The guy was a pedestrian who had entered the underpass just moments after Alex did. Had Alex entered the tunnel just a few minutes later than she had, he would've been there right behind her and La Tenia wouldn't have touched her. Again, the point being that even at the last minute, Alex could've avoided the rape, that just because she had a premonition that morning doesn't mean it was "in the cards" and she was doomed as soon as she woke up that morning.5. You Can't Undo the PastWhenever Irreversible "time jumps", it jumps to a moment in time when, had the characters acted and behaved differently, would've changed everything--had Alex not listened to the idiot at the stoplight who told her to take the underpass, had Marcus listened to Pierre every time he begged him to turn back from his revenge mission, had Marcus not done coke, so on and so forth. We look at all the things they could've done differently that night and go, "Aw, if only..." But the problem is that time isn't reversible. That's what the man in the beginning of the film means when he says, "Time destroys everything." That's why the movie is called Irreversible. What's done is done. Irreversible-10/10 In any event, whether you loved the movie or hated it, I urge you to reconsider your feelings based on this review. Irreversible is a lot more nuanced than lovers are giving it credit for and a lot less nihilistic than haters think it is. It is very thought provoking, and I hope that maybe some day, more people will take a second look at it and try to see what Noe was trying to explore with this movie.
Take a regular mediocre story line, add gratuitously explicit violence and tell it backwards for no reason. Memmento is great, because the backwards cut puts you in the protagonist's shoes. But here it's totally pointless.