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Irreversible
cast: Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci, Albert Dupontel, and Jo Prestia

writer and director: Gaspar Noé

95 minutes (18) 2002 widescreen ratio 16:9
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RATING: 3/10
reviewed by Mike Philbin
Erm, I love controversial movies - you know it from the greats I have reviewed in a positive light here on VideoVista before. If I told you the story, I would spoil it - but it's a concept film, so the story doesn't really matter, huh? Let's just monkey the camera around a bit like Andy Warhol did 30 years ago and see if we can't bore the viewer the way he did.
   Okay, here's the crappy setup - it's conceptual, you know - everything in this sordid movie takes place in partial reverse. Segments are set out of serial sequence. You see why the camera was so wild at the beginning. You see why it begins in a gay bar called the Rectum. You discover who (or what) La Tenia is (or isn't). You see the steady flow of information, the bad karma that is set up between the three main characters; Alex (Monica Bellucci), Marcus (Vincent Cassel) and Pierre (Albert Dupontel). You discover things about the main characters that quite frankly make you more bored. And then, the movie ends...
   Irreversible is like a spoilt child demanding attention without any worth or credentials and the less said about it the better.
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