When Marcus and his girlfriend Alex decide to go to a party with their friend Pierre, they are totally unaware that their world is about to be torn apart in the most unimaginably brutal way possible. Plunged headlong into a nightmarish world of darkness, where an act of extreme sexual and physical violence will serve as the spark for yet more violence, Marcus and Pierre soon discover what they themselves are capable of.
The film was cleverly shot, emotive and artistic in style, verging on beautiful at times. However the 'act of shocking violence' alluded to on the blurb is indeed shocking and not for the faint-hearted. Members would be advised to consider their threshold for unwatchable violence before seeing this film, unfortunately mine was definitely too low for Irreversible.
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
File under "Challenging!"
- Irreversible review by Kurtz
The first thirty minutes of this backwards –told story are as challenging an experience as you’re likely to get watching a movie- you get dropped into the middle of a furious confrontation in a squalid subterranean hell-hole (excuse the pun if you’ve seen the film) with no idea of what’s going on or who to root for, and the camera appears unable to settle and roves off to unhelpfully film the ceiling in the middle of the action. You then witness some truly gut-wrenching violence involving a fire extinguisher and as things start to take shape and a more settled narrative emerges, an even more shocking act takes place. If you’re up for all this, you’ll probably admire the film for its bold narrative and unflinching presentation of humans at our very worst. But it’s a really hard film to love!
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Dreadful, virtually unwatchable film !!
- Irreversible review by RJ
The entire film is in reverse - which isn't as artistic as that suggests. It also has some of the most shocking scenes I've seen. I like to think I'm broadminded but 20 minutes of gay sex scenes followed by full-frontal transvestism was enough to make me turn off.
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful.
Boring load of old Gallic guff! No stars.
- Irreversible review by PV
This film deserves less than one star. Why? It's boring boring boring - pretentious (well it is French) and adolescent in its desire to shock. You can almost hear the film makers saying 'yeah, let's do a long rape scene to shock people to get free publicity!' and another saying 'cool, and hardcore gay stuff will look well good' and another saying ' and I know, let's tell the stpry backwards to be really cool!'. The fact of the matter is, it'd be obvious to all how lacking in redeeming features this film is if it were told in a linear fashion. I was not shocked at all - I have seen it all before and I have no objection to rape or anything else being shown in the cinema. But boy was this a pretentiou boring load of old gallic guff! Watch to see what up-themselves film critics love these days... There are much much much better films about sex and abuse out there. Unboring ones! Ones that are not desperate to shock like an attention seeking sex-obsessed young teenage boy!