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Perfect Sense [DVD]


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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewan Bremner, Connie Nielsen, Denis Lawson
  • Directors: David Makenzie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X7AB9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,356 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A virus is spreading. People around the world are being infected. First the grief, then smell is gone. As loss of one sense leads to another, people are stripped of the lives that they once knew. Chaos ensues whilst a young couple try to begin a relationship. Michael (Ewan McGregor, Star Wars, Shallow Grave) is a chef and Susan, (Eva Green, Casino Royale, Camelot) a scientist, their budding relationship must evolve around the virus before it takes them and everyone else over.

Ewan McGregor leads a talented cast including his Trainspotting co-star Ewen Bremner, Denis Lawson (Bleak House) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) in a daring and inventive sci-fi thriller for our modern times.

Winner! Best British Feature Edinburgh International Film Festival "Inventive and daring"--The List

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Warren Bowman on 11 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
A very thought provoking low budget drama with an excellent cast making the most of a unique and interesting story.

Ewan McGregor plays a chef in Glasgow; Eva Green a doctor at the hospital. She lives in an apartment looking out over the yard at the back of Ewan's restaurant where he pops out for a smoke. They meet, fall in love and struggle together to come to terms with the real purpose of the story.

A disease is breaking out; slowly at first but it emerges that the world's population are losing their senses. First to go is the sense of smell, and it was a stroke of genius to have a chef in a leading role. How does he cope with not being able to smell the food he's cooking? When the sense of taste goes he has a real challenge on his hands, but if he wants to keep in business he has to evolve.

For me, the film dipped a little when the narrator took over to explain what was happening. Perhaps this was intended for the American audience, but I thought it was superfluous and lazy. The joy of the film is the sensual love affair between McGregor and Green (and there is a genuine chemistry there) amidst the gradual diminishment of the world's senses.

An added bonus for fans of the main actors is their desire to remove their clothes quite a lot. Beware cries from the audience of 'he nearly had my eye out with that!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Haddow VINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
Perfect Sense is a good film, but is probably a bit on the esoteric side for lovers of the apocalyptic. Having said that, behind the artifice of the film, the backdrop of society crumbling is very well handled towards the end. Some moments were a bit much - I'm thinking in particular of the moment where everyone eats whatever they can get their hands on, including candles etc - that was just a bit too daft and threw me out of the story for a while. However, although Perfect Sense appears to be aimed at an art house audience, while I am more of a Dawn of the Dead fan, I enjoyed this film a lot. Ewan McGregor in my opinion is far better in this type of ordinary bloke sort of role than in most of his hollywood outings and I really enjoyed watching him in this. I was not so fond of the actress playing his girlfriend - she was a bit on the annoying side. The rest of the supporting cast was solid. If you can go with the flow of the story I would recommend this, although it's not always a smooth ride. Will definately watch again. 3.5 stars upgraded to 4 because of the originality and emotional depth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sarah Crabtree on 26 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
With apologies to any reviewer who's already made this point. Ewan McGregor was on fine form. But the main reason for watching this was because I stumbled upon it whilst searching for a song I heard in a fashion store and couldn't identify. I know I'll hear the song again, but it seems I was fated to see this movie, which I might have otherwise overlooked.

Comparisons have been made with Contagion. But my advice is to forget that and view this movie for the little gem that it is: a big movie on a small screen. For Killing fans, and anybody interested in all things Danish, the script was written by Kim Fupz Aakeson, who co-wrote Prague, which starred Mads Mikkelsen, brother of Lars, "Troels Hartmann".

I deliberated over the five star rating because some of it was a bit irritating. The opening scene where randy cook, Michael, played by McGregor, announces to his bedmate that he prefers sleeping alone is confusing. I ended up winding back two or three times to convince myself that this wasn't Susan, the scientist, played by Eva Green, who in the next scene is moaning about being let down by a guy. I was watching this film with somebody, so it wasn't just me being thick, as the other person didn't get it to begin with either. Once we worked out this wasn't actually the end of the film being shown at the beginning and its remainder a flashback, the virus takes hold, and it all makes perfect sense, in a way.

If this were a degree, I'd have been granting it a 2:1 for those quibbles and then upgrading it to a First after the completed viewing. It ticks all the boxes for me: sci-fi, love, friendship, comedy, drama; everything that constitutes being human. It makes its point without ramming it down our throats. I would love to see more British films like this being made.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Buseke on 18 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I find this a great movie. Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are great in their roles as chef of a restaurant and a doctor in the local hospital. They meet and fall in love. An epidemic starts to spread and people are starting to lose their senses. At first, when the sense of smelling disappears, it even doesn't seem such an issue! But when the movie continues it becomes really depressing. It made me wondering how my behavior would be when one by one I should lose all my senses, ending up with no smell, no taste, deaf and worst of all.... Blind! Will a horror like this unite humans making the best of it or will it create hell on earth? This is a disaster movie which has far more impact than most million dollar special effects movies. Because it's so dammed realistic!
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There have been lots of disease epidemic films and they are all much the same but Perfect Sense is brilliant in that it is totally different from the rest. It's focus on the growing relationship between the two lead characters as the epidemic progresses is interesting and you really come to sympathise with them. The epidemic itself is also fascinating and different. A disease of unknown origin taking away the human senses one by one is an intriguing premise and leaves you at the edge of your seat and wondering how you would cope in the same situation. With a strong cast led by the always brilliant in my opinion Ewan McGregor this is another great British movie and a must watch.
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