Monday, September 12, 2011

Irréversible



Irreversible is a movie that deals with the brutal rape and assault of a woman named Alex. Her boyfriend and ex-boyfriend go on a quest for revenge in order to find the person who raped and beat Alex. The film is graphic, brutal and at times so gritty and realistic that you want to turn away from the screen. Since it becomes obvious fairly soon in the film the scenes are shot in reverse as you begin with the end of the film and progress towards the beginning of the film, as it is slowly revealed how this horrible event happened and what fueled the quest for revenge.

The film employs a technique used by Hitchcock in the film “Rope” in that it attempts to use only single cuts for each and every scene. Other strange camera angles are used as the camera seems to spin and flip around at random during certain portions of the film. This helps make the cuts look more seamless as the camera randomly focuses and blurs as it flips up to stare at the ceiling before returning to the characters. The end of the film might also cause some people seizures as it flashes and pulses more and more rapidly until you get a glimpse of what appears to be out galaxy and then we hit the credits. I would venture to guess that the brutal and painful scenes and the odd camera work will turn most people off to this film. So viewer beware.

I cannot stress enough that this is a film that should be watched only if you can handle images of absolutely savagery and brutality. There are certainly moments of casual friendship, love and intimacy in the film but the brutality in several of the scenes will stand out and grab you. It is an interesting film and I do suggest watching it if you think you can handle the film's brutality and unconventional storytelling method. I tend to think this film is a microcosm of humanity as we experience events in this quest for vengeance that seem to represent the story of life on earth. Love, friendship, anger and savagery. Of course I must say I didn't really appreciate the whirling and twirling cameras and I can't figure out why they were even used.

3/5



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