The Rating (8/10)
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.
You may notice as you start to watch this film that you are feeling a little dizzy, sick, or perhaps even a touch of vertigo. Rest a sure that is part of the man who made this film’s master plan. The first 30 minutes of the film has a background noise with a frequency of 28Hz (you almost can’t even hear it), similar to the noise produced by an earthquake. In humans, it causes nausea, sickness and of course our friend, vertigo. This even makes it’s return near the end (which is technically the beginning). And as weird as it sounds, it helps with the overall feel you get while watching this movie. So you are right at home in feeling sick.
As this movie goes in reverse, we see some tragic things and then we end up seeing what took place beforehand. And when it all comes together we realize more and more and as we gather details it makes what we have witnessed a bit harder to take. There’s some hardcore violence, there’s some other horrible stuff, and on top of it all, we see a very very hard to sit through rape scene that does make us a bit uncomfortable. Which is the point of course. I don’t think anyone will say that they like what they see, after all how could you actually like it. But I think you’ll at least appreciate the genius that goes into this film’s overall presentation. The dialogue might seem a bit odd or awkward at times, but most of that was apparently improvised.
I’ve heard some people say that if the film went in it’s chronological order it would be better. I’m afraid I must disagree with that. You see things, then you learn something new that makes what you just saw feel a lot better. It makes a more emotional impact on the viewer and it makes a more long lasting impression. While some things are left with just the viewer being aware of them, there are some issues you wish you could have seen a real conclusion for. That all being said, this movie is hard to watch, but it is very smart and well made. It mixed a strong story with some of the best camera work and editing you’ll see. It’s a hard watch, but a very good watch.
Perhaps I could take Memento over this, as far as films that go in reverse go. But I’d recommend this to anyone who’s a film lover. It’s extremely creative and it’s extremely hard to watch in some areas. I still must insist that you take the chance to watch this movie if you haven’t seen it yet. It won’t be pretty and you may feel a little worse for wear by the time it ends, but you won’t be feeling half as bad as the characters in the film end up feeling I’m sure.
Time destroys everything, or at least that does seem to be the case and the theme in the very controversial, yet amazingly creative film, Irreversible. A film from a man that goes by the name of, Gaspar Noé. And while his body of work might not be the biggest body of work one could have, it’s probably one of the more well creative ones. Everything I’ve seen by this man has been very graphic, very creepy in it’s realness, and amazingly creative. Every thing that takes place on the screen in this man’s films happens for a reason, we might just not know what that reason is just yet. But sit back and try to relax and let’s see if you can handle the mind tripping, gut wrenching experience that is, Irreversible.
Directed By: Gaspar Noé
It’s hard to say you “LIKE” something like this, but it is very good.