Excellent, Without a doubt!!
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.
True to its essence, the characters remain on the same line and manage to entertain the viewer, each highlighting their own distinctive qualities or touches.
This movie was very well-written and well directed (although the camera work began as very disorienting -which I suppose is the point- I got used to it and it added to the overall storytelling) The story was told in reverse very deliberately, to give small, well-crafted tidbits of the big picture and make the viewer feel the intensity of each scene on a much deeper level. The character building was fantastic, which gave a little more of an emotional punch to the tragedy. I usually don't like hard-to-watch movies, but this one was very smartly executed. It was extremely dirty and gritty on a realistic, yet almost psychedelic level. As much as I hate the injustice shown in the plot, I was riveted the entire time.
Film Review: "Irreversible" (2002) - Taking on a bizarre approach of mixing conceptions of "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) and "Memento" (2000) to make this picture work for itself in casting real-life married couple Monica Bellucci & Vincent Cassel to portray two Parisian middle class people, Alex & Marcus, going out for party at their friend's. Director Gaspar Noé, frequent guest in Cannes Film Festival's competition since his first feature "I Stand Alone" (1998), polarizes the 55th edition of Cannes with his also originally written film "Irreversible".The editorial intervenes scene by scene in reverse story-telling, exposing one night in Paris for the couple Alex & Marcus, who got separated over a minor dispute to fatal consequences for both characters, which all-time controversial representation of urban underpath rape of the character of Alex, who has not been prepared for a predator of the Parisian underworld with a free path of finishing his business of leaving behind the empty shell of Alex.Director Gaspar Noé gives his main characters no chance of conciliation, seeking no balance nor preaches any mercy that film becomes downhill and out experience, which nevertheless shares some over-stylish camera motions by Cinematographer Benoît Debie and honest acting by the at times over-enthusiastic couple Bellucci & Cassel, who hardly stand a chance to come full circle with their characters of an otherwise weak-on-suspense script that lives from the sensation-mongering violent explosions at the beginning plus the previously mentioned storyline's climatic scene, which at today's standards needed metal objects pushed into human flesh, blood on snow white skin and a limping rapist to come close to even with the audience.What is left of a so-called scandal film of the year 2002 is another acting couple after Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf" (1966), Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman in "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) and then the not-as-close to a classic considered "Irreversibel", where only a "Memento" (2000) copycat gimmick of telling the story backwards saves the picture from a total fall-out due to cliché-striving screenplay of expected relationship quarrels following into one false move of carelessness, which should have been just taking the cab for woman in an evening dress to get home at night.© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
Asif Khan (asifahsankhan)
First, above all, and crucially, the story is told backward. Two other films have famously used that chronology: Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," the story of a love affair that ends (begins) in treachery, and Christopher Nolan's "Memento (2000 movie)", which begins with the solution to a murder and tracks backward to its origin. Now, consider this — Irreversible (2002) falls somewhere in between the two— The fact is, the reverse chronology makes "Irreversible" a film that structurally argues against rape and violence, while ordinary chronology would lead us down a seductive narrative path toward a shocking, exploitative payoff. By placing the ugliness at the beginning, Gaspar Noe forces us to think seriously about the sexual violence involved. The movie does not end with rape as its climax and send us out of the theatre as if something had been communicated. It starts with it, and asks us to sit there for another hour and process our thoughts. It is therefore moral – at a structural level.Unique & Weirdly Stylish, it begins with—well, in "reverse"—Ending credits. Reversed. No first names. Only surnames. Various letters mirror-inverted. Slowly rolling down. Slowly sloping. Slowly moving across the screen. An image of a man sitting in a bed, tumbling.Then, a fanfare. Large drums. Names appear. Titles. Words. All glimmering. Red. White. Yellow.This is how it begins. Gaspar Noé's uncompromising "Irréversible", one of the most scandalous, most discussed European films of the last 20 years. Good? Bad? Masterpiece? Rubbish? Who cares? One thing is for sure: you can't UN-see "Irréversible". It's impossible
and irreversible."Irreversible (2002)"— has the ability to make you appreciate and cherish your life, in part because it shows you how easily your happiness can be taken away. It is a film that will allow you to love those around you even more than you already do. Any film that can do all that is a masterpiece in my book. The eye catcher? Of course it's, Monica Bellucci—highly regarded as being one of the most beautiful women in the world—and nobody in their stable/healthy mind would ever want to see her getting brutally beat up and raped!"Rape" — happens. It happens to someone, somewhere in the world, every minute of every day. To avert your eyes is to deny that it exists in your world. To turn away is to shirk responsibility. Weirdest moment: The extended 10 minute long take rape scene of Alex (Monica Bellucci), what else? — But how can I just ignore the scene where a man is savagely bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher?There will be those that are repulsed by this film, a film that can make Requiem for a Dream (2000 movie) seem like a little girl's fairy-tale. If you are one of those who refuse to watch 'Irreversible' or one who watches and is offended
then you are living in a fake fairy-tale world of your own. This great French film is as brutally truthful and poignant as any in recent memory. It is one of the saddest films I have ever seen. And yet, because of it's reverse chronology, the final scenes of blissful romanticism are some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking moments ever committed to the silver screen. This is a courageous and magnificent artistic achievement!
I rated it low, but still I return to watching it from time to time. I don't know why... Idea is interesting, construction is weird, I do not like it at all, and still it seems I can't get it out of my head...5/10....................................