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Irreversible
DVD disk
10.05.2004 By: Indiana Sev
Irreversible order
Director:
Gaspar Noe

Actors:
Vincent Cassel
Monica Bellucci
Albert Dupontel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After a woman (Bellucci) gets brutally raped and beaten, her boyfriend and a friend seek out the assailant in order to exact revenge. The film is told in reverse order (hence the title), beginning with the end credits and ending at the beginning (Whaaaaaaat?). And that's just one of the different things this film has to offer. You might want to skip the popcorn on this one.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím never taking a shortcut through an underpass again. That is just one of the things that I learned from this movie. This film also flirts with the notion of the future being pre-determined, how time destroys everything and more positive and joyous ideas of the sort. In all seriousness, the message isnít very optimistic, but the film is definitely a must-see for anyone who likes diversity, controversy and different approaches to filmmaking. What will hit you the hardest are the two extremely violent scenes shown early on in the film. If you can stomach those sequences, the rest of the movie will feel like a cakewalk and itís well worth it. The performances are genial, the directing ambitious and edgy, the score is perfectly creepy and unsettling and the unorthodox method in which the story is told is a welcome change. As you can see, there are a ton of things that make this film different from others, which is something that you definitely have to consider and understand before taking the plunge.

I donít want to make it seem like the movie is just one miserable and sad chain of events though. As it moves along, there are many sweet and touching scenes that ground the film and make it all the better. Itís not like the director is trying to inflict pure and utter devastation onto us, he balances the good with the evil and just like in real life, you can either handle it or not. This is not a date movie. Watch JOE DIRT with your significant other first and after theyíve gone to bed, sit back, relax and prepare to witness a film experience like no other. Enjoy?
THE EXTRAS
Not much, folks. There is a short feature plugging the film's soundtrack and two more features (STRESS and OUTRAGE-- both under 5 minutes) that sample some of the score to some dizzying sequences from the film. Some teasers and trailers round out the extras. Note: As opposed to what's stated in various places, there was no deleted scene on this dvd and no featurette about its special effects (which I would have loved to have seen). The featurette might be made available on the film's website soon.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you like something different and challenging as part of your movie diet, then this reviewer strongly suggests that you drive down to your local video-hole, ignore the dirty looks and pick up a copy of IRREVERSIBLE a.s.a.p. I canít say that itís an entertaining or fun watch, but it is a good movie, with heart, soul and a couple of really frightening beatings. Kinda reminds me of JoBloís annual Christmas parties actually...
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