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4.0 out of 5 stars Time Destroys All Things....., 18 Dec 2006
This review is from: Irreversible [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Irreversible is probably the most explicit and upsetting film I have ever seen. I bought it on DVD but can't bring myself to watch it again. That said, I can remember every single scene because love it or hate it, you certainly won't forget it. It is an uncompromising masterpiece but because it contains such horrific sexual violence, many will see it as gratuitous pornography.

The film is told in reverse, much like 'Memento', starting with the climax and tracking backwards to the beginning. It begins with two men being arrested for battering a man to death in a nasty looking gay club 'The Rectum'. As the story unfolds (backwards) we learn that the dead man subjected a woman (Belluci) to quite possibly the worst sexual assault ever committed to film (the scene lasts almost 15 minutes) and her boyfriend and ex-boyfriend hunted him down to take revenge. After witnessing the extreme violence in the first half of the film we then see the three friends getting ready to attend a party on the night of the assault and how her boorish boyfriend (Cassell) allows her to leave alone at night so he can stay and flirt with other women. It then goes on to show the couple at home, blissfully happy, unaware that their lives are about to be torn apart in such an unimaginable way.

Irreversible is difficult to watch. The subway scene (among others) is so intense it is impossible to view this film as entertainment but I would still recommend watching it anyway because it is far more important than the majority of Hollywood films. It is a breathtaking experience that you will never forget.

Like This? Try: Memento
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Initial post: 23 Oct 2008 21:46:07 BDT
what i realised after watching irreversible the second time was that dead guy was the wrong one. it was the geezer standing next to the dead guy sniffing poppers

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2010 15:58:20 GMT
You watched it a second time!? ladies and gentlemen we have a sadist in the room :p

Posted on 10 May 2010 18:50:56 BDT
Anyone who sees the sexual violence in this film as pornography has some issues.
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