Perfect Sense 2011

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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.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Director David Mackenzie
Studio Arrow
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sarah Crabtree on 26 Sept. 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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2 of 3 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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4 of 6 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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
This is easily the best British film I've seen in a long time. I watched 'Contagion' recently and that was scary but this leaves it dead if you'll excuse the pun. Ewan McGregor and Eva Green meet and start a relationship just as a mystery pandemic hits the entire world. People everywhere experience a moment of intense grief and then lose their sense of smell. Scientists are baffled but being what we are we move on and adjust. Next everyone experiences a moment of intense gluttony and taste too is lost. Having cleverly cast McGregor as a chef we see how the restaurant overcomes this crisis to stay in business. The next to go is hearing preceded by moments of rage and society suffers as a direct result. By now you can see where this is going and if you don't think blindness is scary just imagine it in a world where no one can see. Like it or not blind people survive in our world because of the sighted.
This is a superb film with first class performances by all its cast and a genuine chemistry between its stars. There is a lot of tenderness in their story as their love grows against a backdrop of sensual loss and they almost lose it in the rage.
See this film, keep a copy and treasure your senses. This vision is almost too terrifying to contemplate.
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