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Review of Irreversible
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If you're reading this, you most likely have an idea by now of what this film is, what it contains, and how it is achieved. Curiosity finally got the better of me too, and I'd be lying if I didn't say a large part of me regrets it. I do not, however, wish to blame the film-maker, as given the content and message behind the movie, I can't think of any way to improve upon the ultra-tragic nightmarish effectiveness of the film. Nope, I simply blame myself. I am not, you see, a film historian, nor am I in the middle of writing a thesis on the impact of film as an artform and it's role in the critique and analysis of violence in modern French society. Alas, I am merely a movie-lover, a somewhat studious, but relatively casual appreciator of film as art, film as storytelling, and film as escapism. And while I hate to admit it, this is one of those rare movies, one of maybe two or three that I've seen, that truly demands stricter credentials than those I have to offer. I guess what I mean to say is that, while this is a very good film, if you don't HAVE to watch it, maybe just don't watch it.
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Added by Xanadon't 4 years ago
on 3 October 2010 11:50

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Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 18 7:03
I'm going to take your advice on this one. I've seen it on a lot of best-of lists & have been debating whether to check it out. Then I read the synopsis on Netflix & decided to hold off on it. From what you've said here, it sounds like I made the right choice.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 18 11:00
Yeah, my girlfriend and I went thru an ultra-disturbing movie phase for a while some time ago. Titles like 'Martyrs', 'Inside', 'Men Behind the Sun', 'Antichrist'... "Irreversible" is the one that haunts her... and it marks the first time I've ever hit fast-forward during a first-viewing of a film.

Artistically sound, well made, etc. but ultimately not important enough to sit thru... unless you have a really compelling reason to see it. There're just too many other great films out there waiting to be watched.

'Salo' , 'Cannibal Hollocaust' and 'August Underground' are the few films I can think of that, at least until I hear a damn compelling argument from a damn good source, I just plain have decided not to see.
Posted: 3 years, 11 months ago at Nov 18 20:44
Right on. Yeah, we watched Antichrist recently (I have a review somewhere) & it was a bit more than I can handle. And I have a pretty high threshold for graphic stuff. Not in the mood to have another experience like that too soon. Martyrs is in our queue.

I tried watching Cannibal Holocaust & the first part of it is soooo slow I wound up turning it off before anything remotely interesting happened (I may have got 45 mins into it). So you'll get no encouragement from me on that one hehe.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 4 14:40
So you did you see it?!? If I understand correctly, you have seen a bit but you have eventually turned it off after a while. I have seen it in the theater, back there in France when it came out... It is quite interesting that tough guys like you and the giraffe who are horror experts (much more than me) and watch tons of gory flicks, cannot handle this one. It is also curious that even though you haven't watched the whole thing, you still review it, I wonder why?
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 10 18:42
My bad! You just skipped the "infamous" little bit, not the whole thing... Anyway, it is definitely a tough watch and I get your point.

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