97 Min | Crime – Drama – Mystery | May 2002
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel
Irreversible Review: Irreversible is pretty infamous by now because of its content, it would always be one of the first to come up whenever I read about disturbing films on the internet, and three words: fire, extinguisher, and rape, are always mentioned in the same sentence as the film’s title. But beyond the controversial and shocking scenes, Irreversible really doesn’t have much to offer. The film is not in chronological order, it goes backwards. A similar thing was done in “Memento”. In that film it was done for two main reasons to make us see it from the main character’s perspective, and also to emphasise the twists and turns in the plot. Irreversible does neither of these things. The reason for it is to make us see how their lives were ruined, before these things actually happen to them, but there more for style reasons and to make the film stand out.
Once you strip away the style, there is very little substance to Irreversible. The all-over-the-place camera along with the strange noise in the background during the “Rectum” scene, was genuinely unsettling. Add in one of the most brutally violent attacks and you have a disturbing scene. The rape scene is also disturbing, but overall this is a very thin idea stretched out over 97 minutes. This can be seen in the final 40 or so minutes. Once the rape scene is over, that seems to be almost all the film has to offer, and the rest of the film is just a lot of improvised acting from the actors, which must have been fun to make, but is not terribly exciting or compelling.
Every scene in this film goes on way too long, the rape scene is too long, and every single scene after it also goes on too long. One of the few things was the end scene, but that couldn’t redeem the whole film. The whole concept behind Irreversible is that this girl is raped, and her boyfriend takes revenge on the attacker. This isn’t enough to make a 97 minute film out of, and while it’s well acted by everyone, it amounts to little more than its controversial scenes overall.