January 11, 2011

Enter the Void - 2010

Director: Gaspar Noe
Writer: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta

"Do you remember that pact we made? We said we'd always be together." Oscar (Brown), a frequent user of psychotropic drugs, gets high and is shot by police after walking into a sting operation when he attempts to meet up with his dealer again. The two hours that follow depict the spirit/soul of Oscar running through the events of his life, then flying around Tokyo and observing how his death has affected those around him, before eventually being reincarnated a la the Tibetan Book of the Dead, introduced to Oscar by a friend prior to the start of the film.

A French production of an English film shooting in Tokyo is bound to have some problems. So is one with only a 100 page script that's supposed to be over 150 minutes long. Again: it's rough shooting an entire movie with POV shots. And finally, inducing seizures in your audience is NEVER a good idea, nor is having a credit sequence zoom by too fast to be read. Don't see this movie, please. It's two and a half hours I really want back. F

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