IRREVERSIBLE

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Release Date: March 07, 2003

Starring: Vincent Cassel, Monica
Bellucci, Albert Dupontel, and
Jo Prestia

Genre: Drama/Tragedy

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder IRREVERSIBLE may be the
worst movie ever made. As an
alleged "art-house movie," it
takes pornographic sex and
violence to new levels of
depravity. Furthermore, it has
a thoroughly nihilistic
humanist worldview contending
that man is an animal and that
time destroys all things.
Finally, the camerawork and
sound effects are obnoxious
and annoying as well as
disturbing. The story in
IRREVERSIBLE plays backwards.
After a short prologue, the
peripatetic camerawork takes
viewers into a homosexual,
sadomasochistic nightclub in
France where two men, Marcus
and Pierre, are searching for
a pervert called "The
Tapeworm." Marcus is
uncontrollably angry because
the pervert has done something
bad to their friend Alex, who
turns out to be Marcus's
beautiful girlfriend. During
their search, a man confronts
Marcus and breaks his arm. The
mild-mannered Pierre then
proceeds to crush the man's
skull with repeated blows from
a fire extinguisher. The movie
then shows how Pierre and
Marcus traced "The Tapeworm"
to the club and shows, in
graphic detail, how Alex was
brutally raped, sodomized and
beaten when she left the
cocaine-enfeebled Marcus at a
wild party which they and
Pierre were
attending. Eventually, the
movie goes back to Marcus and
Alex lying and walking in the
nude around their apartment.
Alex tells Marcus that she
might be pregnant, and Marcus
goes out to buy some booze for
the party. After he leaves,
Alex takes a quick pregnancy
test and happily discovers
that she is indeed pregnant.
The movie ends with a shot of
Alex reading in a park
surrounded by children
playing. The camera casts its
eye toward the sky, whereupon
an annoying strobe effect
starts pummeling the screen.
After a bit of this artsy
pretentiousness, the movie
mercifully ends by repeating a
comment from the prologue,
that "time destroys all
things." Gaspar Noè, the
creator behind this atrocious
mess, not only takes the
post-modern fascination with
sex and violence to new lows,
he also takes secular humanism
to its most logical conclusion
- complete and utter nihilism.
If time destroys all things,
then everything is
meaningless, including Truth,
Goodness, Justice, Beauty,
Love, Faith, and Hope. In
addition to its trite
nihilism, IRREVERSIBLE
strongly suggests that man is
just an animal. Although the
movie does not mention the
humanist philosophy of
naturalistic evolution, this
sentiment is exactly what
evolution theories teach. In a
sense, therefore, this
despicable movie, and the
pretentious, abhorrent
aesthetic from which it
springs, are also the direct
result of the evolution
theories that have infected
the minds of so many people in
contemporary society. Like
this movie, those theories are
intellectually, morally and
spiritually bankrupt. Word has
it that the late Stanley
Kubrick wanted to make a film
as pornographic as this, and
IRREVERSIBLE pays homage to
Kubrick by including a poser
of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and
music from BARRY LYNDON.
Kubrick did indeed make
several despicable movies
during his long career,
including A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
and EYES WIDE SHUT. The
director of IRREVERSIBLE,
however, displays none of the
intelligent, delicate artistic
sensibilities and witticisms
that even those two films
sometimes demonstrated. He
spices his disgusting story
with inane, dizzying camera
moves, annoying, sickening
sounds and boring long takes
that range from in-your-face
to sheer monotony, and
sometimes both. Amazingly, a
few critics have praised
IRREVERSIBLE for its
apocalyptic poetry, to
paraphrase one of them. It's
hard to figure out whether
such critics are being serious
or just purposely contentious.
On second thought, perhaps
they've just been smoking
something that's rotting their
brains. Please address your
comments to: Tom Ortenberg,
President Lions Gate
Films 4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite
200 Marina del Rey, CA
90292 Phone: (310)
314-2000 Fax: (310)
396-6041 Website:
www.lionsgatefilms.com Email:
feedback@lgecorp.com

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 99 minutes

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director: Gaspar Noè

Executive Producer:

Producer: Christophe Rossignon and
Richard Grandpierre

Writer: Gaspar Noè

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Content:

(HHH, HoHo, AcapAcap, LLL, VVVV, SSSS, NNN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong humanist, nihilistic worldview with sickening levels of sadomasochism and strong homosexual references and rapist verbally demeans victim for being rich and beautiful, when she's clearly only middle class; at least 115 mostly strong obscenities, one strong profanity, epithets, a father talks about sleeping with his daughter, and frank talk about sex in a comic manner; extremely graphic violence includes man uses fire extinguisher to crush another man's skull with repeated blows, extended rape scene with sodomy, rapist beats victim's face to a bloody mess, rape victim's boyfriend has several scuffles with other people as he angrily searches for her rapist, and implied sadomasochism (with screams and moans) from homosexual nightclub's dungeon-like sex rooms; several shots of total male nudity and upper and rear female nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and cocaine snorting; and, revenge, jealousy, uncontrollable anger, racism, vandalism, and man steals taxi.

GENRE: Drama/Tragedy

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Summary:

IRREVERSIBLE is a contemptible, graphic French movie about a brutal murder that occurs after the female friend of two men is raped and beaten to a pulp. IRREVERSIBLE takes pornographic sex and violence to new levels of depravity, combined with a thoroughly nihilistic humanist worldview.

Review:

IRREVERSIBLE may be the worst movie ever made. As an alleged "art-house movie," it takes pornographic sex and violence to new levels of depravity. Furthermore, it has a thoroughly nihilistic humanist worldview contending that man is an animal and that time destroys all things. Finally, the camerawork and sound effects are obnoxious and annoying as well as disturbing.

The story in IRREVERSIBLE plays backwards. After a short prologue, the peripatetic camerawork takes viewers into a homosexual, sadomasochistic nightclub in France where two men, Marcus and Pierre, are searching for a pervert called "The Tapeworm." Marcus is uncontrollably angry because the pervert has done something bad to their friend Alex, who turns out to be Marcus's beautiful girlfriend. During their search, a man confronts Marcus and breaks his arm. The mild-mannered Pierre then proceeds to crush the man's skull with repeated blows from a fire extinguisher. The movie then shows how Pierre and Marcus traced "The Tapeworm" to the club and shows, in graphic detail, how Alex was brutally raped, sodomized and beaten when she left the cocaine-enfeebled Marcus at a wild party which they and Pierre were attending.

Eventually, the movie goes back to Marcus and Alex lying and walking in the nude around their apartment. Alex tells Marcus that she might be pregnant, and Marcus goes out to buy some booze for the party. After he leaves, Alex takes a quick pregnancy test and happily discovers that she is indeed pregnant. The movie ends with a shot of Alex reading in a park surrounded by children playing. The camera casts its eye toward the sky, whereupon an annoying strobe effect starts pummeling the screen. After a bit of this artsy pretentiousness, the movie mercifully ends by repeating a comment from the prologue, that "time destroys all things."

Gaspar Noè, the creator behind this atrocious mess, not only takes the post-modern fascination with sex and violence to new lows, he also takes secular humanism to its most logical conclusion - complete and utter nihilism. If time destroys all things, then everything is meaningless, including Truth, Goodness, Justice, Beauty, Love, Faith, and Hope.

In addition to its trite nihilism, IRREVERSIBLE strongly suggests that man is just an animal. Although the movie does not mention the humanist philosophy of naturalistic evolution, this sentiment is exactly what evolution theories teach. In a sense, therefore, this despicable movie, and the pretentious, abhorrent aesthetic from which it springs, are also the direct result of the evolution theories that have infected the minds of so many people in contemporary society. Like this movie, those theories are intellectually, morally and spiritually bankrupt.

Word has it that the late Stanley Kubrick wanted to make a film as pornographic as this, and IRREVERSIBLE pays homage to Kubrick by including a poser of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and music from BARRY LYNDON. Kubrick did indeed make several despicable movies during his long career, including A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and EYES WIDE SHUT. The director of IRREVERSIBLE, however, displays none of the intelligent, delicate artistic sensibilities and witticisms that even those two films sometimes demonstrated. He spices his disgusting story with inane, dizzying camera moves, annoying, sickening sounds and boring long takes that range from in-your-face to sheer monotony, and sometimes both. Amazingly, a few critics have praised IRREVERSIBLE for its apocalyptic poetry, to paraphrase one of them. It's hard to figure out whether such critics are being serious or just purposely contentious. On second thought, perhaps they've just been smoking something that's rotting their brains.

Please address your comments to:

Tom Ortenberg, President

Lions Gate Films

4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Phone: (310) 314-2000

Fax: (310) 396-6041

Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Email: feedback@lgecorp.com

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