Irreversible (2002) Review

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Plot: 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.

**A little warning, this movie is not for everyone! Only watch if you have a strong stomach!**

This is the first of Gaspar Noe’s films I have seen, and I must say it is a hell of an introduction. “Irreversible” is truly one of the darkest, most brutal movies I have seen in my entire lifetime, but it was made with such finesse that it is easily one of the finest films of the last 25 years or longer.

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Noted for it’s incredible amount of violence, particularly the infamous 9-minute long rape sequence, “Irreversible” is definitely not a film for everyone, or anyone with a weak stomach. But I encourage people who think they can handle it to at least give it one viewing. When the film first came out, many called it exploitative, but personally while I think the rape scene was a bit much, Noe was using the drawn-out sequence to show what rape really is: a vile, violent, and despicable act. In my opinion, he handled it perfectly, not exploitative in the least bit, but to each their own.

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Gaspar Noe’s direction was very stunning, and dizzying to say the least. The camera work was breathtaking, with strobe lights violently flashing during many points in the film, not to mention the incredibly tense music playing in the background worked flawlessly for each scene. The screenplay written also by Noe was very well written, a brutal, dark story told very well with great-style and wonderful sequence plotting.

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The performances of course were outstanding, with the best easily given by Vincent Cassel. He delved very deeply, almost shockingly, into his character giving perhaps the best performance of his career, nearly outperforming his brilliant performance in ‘Black Swan’. Monica Bellucci was also quite great in her role as Alex, the girlfriend character to Cassel’s character Marcus. This was a very tough role but she pulled it off amazingly well.

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In conclusion, “Irreversible” is a dizzyingly violent, tough film to watch but those who can stomach the grisly violence and the horrific rape sequence will perhaps find something rewarding in the experience. Though not, in my opinion exploitative, it is indeed a very cold, brutal film that portrays rape for what it really is, a disgusting act, however this movie is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. If you choose to watch this film, be warned that it may change how you think about some things.

My Rating: 10/10

Thanks For Reading.

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