Irreversible (2002)

“Time destroys everything.” – Philippe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The events of a brutal night in Paris are shown in reverse order as they show violent actions without completely understanding the reasoning for these events.

My Take on it – This is a film that my friend Robb of Red Bezzle suggested I watch about six month ago, but due to my attempts to steer clear away from foreign language films, I avoided it until now.

This is a very difficult film to watch.

That statement can be misconstrued by many people who have b=seen this film because it has nothing to do with the fact that this film is brutal in its violence and actions throughout.

It actually has much to do with the fact that the story is virtually incoherent when shown in reverse order like it is done here.

Christopher Nolan was able to achieve an opposite effect when he made Memento (2000) because despite it being shown backwards, it all seems to make sense either way (obviously with various interpretations for each way).

This film, on the other hand (and other part of the spectrum) is completely nonsensical in the order that it is presented and once you see the end of the film (actually the beginning of the story), things are clearer yet there doesn’t really seem to have been a reason for showing it backwards like this.

I understand that they are trying to present violent actions without context and that they want us to think about what kind of context could cause such acts, yet it would have been a much more enjoyable film had it been told completely lineraly nd the reverse order feels more like a ploy or gimmick.

That is ultimately this film failing ; instead of trying to tell an interesting story, they try too hard to make this feel more unique and innovative but instead just make it completely incoherent in the structure they chose to use.

Bottom Line – Very difficult film to watch because it comes across as being completely incoherent in the order that it is presented. Once we understand the entire structure of it all things make more sense yet there are still lots of questions about what has transpired. Tries too hard to be an innovative idea and fails miserably at that unlike similar structured films like Memento (2000) for example.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Newsweek stated that this was the most walked-out-of movie of the year. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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2 thoughts on “Irreversible (2002)

  1. Mostly agree with you across the board on this one. The violence is quite graphic – and the story, as told, doesn’t quite justify telling it in reverse. The FX are impressive however. I actually watched an extra on one scene to see how they did it because it was stunning (and horrifying).


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