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Perfect Sense [Blu-ray] (2011)

Ewan McGregor , Eva Green , David Mackenzie  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green
  • Directors: David Mackenzie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079K4WMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In staying together as their world evaporates into darkness and silence, they are displaying what anyone in love would recognize as quiet heroism - and perfect sense. --Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

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Susan (Eva Green, Cracks, Casino Royale) is a scientist whose research has caused her to neglect virtually everything else in her life, including love. That is until she meets Michael (Ewan McGregor, The Ghost Writer, Angels & Demons), a talented chef, and suddenly everything starts to change not just in Susan s life, but in the entire world. While Susan and Michael are experiencing new and unforeseen depths of feeling, all around the globe a new epidemic is causing people to lose their sensory perceptions. Are Susan and Michael s increasingly intense feelings for each other in spite of the epidemic, or because of it? A life-affirming look at what it means to love and be loved in turbulent times, director David Mackenzie s PERFECT SENSE is equal parts touching romance and chilling thriller.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Apocalyptic Love Story Worth Falling For April 5, 2012
By Ben S.
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I first saw "Perfect Sense" at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most visceral movie-going experiences of my life. I have never walked out of a theater so happy to be alive- in a good way! Ever since then, I've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see it again. Unfortunately, the film didn't receive much of a theatrical release in the US, so I look forward to introducing it to my friends and fellow film lovers once it's released on Blu-ray.

To be fair, I can understand why "Perfect Sense" might not have got the release it deserved- it's a hard film to categorize. The film focuses on two residents of Glasgow; a chef, Michael (Ewan McGregor, "Trainspotting") and an epidemiologist, Susan (Eva Green, "Casino Royale"), as they meet & begin to fall in love- meanwhile, an unexplained illness begins to cause humans across the globe to lose their senses one-by-one. In the beginning, it's just a few people losing their ability to smell, but things escalate quite rapidly from there. While this might sound hokey (and usually is, on an indie budget), director David Mackenzie and his team succeed in evoking an effective & terrifying global disaster from a local perspective, and the film does enough to suggest plausible causes for its illness while keeping it ambiguous enough to allow the larger metaphor to shine through.

The effect of the disease is made even more immediate thanks to an interesting side effect: prior to each new sense that is lost, victims are hit with a uncontrollable wave of emotions, varying from despair to hunger. This leads to terrifying scenes such as crowds of people devouring everything in sight like animals- edible or not!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE WORLD IS IN FOR A SHOCK!" May 30, 2012
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Susan is a scientist who lives in her own little world, her entire life is devoted to research, while everything else is neglected. For Susan, it was all work and no play, until she meets Michael. A talented scientist meets a talented chef, and the sizzling romance begins. As one would expect, Susan's life begins to change, but so does the entire world she lives in. The more steamy the relationship, the more a new epidemic spreads. As the couple fall in love and share their feelings, people all around lose their sensory perception. As the romance become intense, the mysterious disease becomes more disturbing. The outcome is global chaos as the mystery continues. "PERFECT SENSE" is brilliant, powerful, romantic, and chilling. The acting is superb, and the story is both touching and thrilling. Highly recommended for romantic suspense lovers and thriller loves.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Poetic Armageddon of The Senses January 11, 2012
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The ineluctably disturbing aspects of "Perfect Sense" linger long after the movie ends. "Perfect Sense" is a poetic thriller that forces people to make sense of a world that is literally stripped of all its sensibilities. Slowly, one sense is lost, then another, across the world, and the viewer becomes directly involved in sly and clever ways. Will vision be lost next? And then what? How much more can possibly be lost? Ewan McGregor is satisfyingly atmospheric and Eva Green's dramatic starts and stops provide genuine intrigue. One can only hope that should the world end this way, and if we could possibly survive the perceptual annihilation, that we could once and for all come to our senses about how we treat each other and never lose sight of what really matters to us.
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"I think it's OK to panic now." A very serious disease strain has begun to cause havoc all over the world and it's called severe olfactory syndrome (SOS). It begins by smelling something that reminds you of someone you know who has died, then one by one you begin to lose your senses. During the outbreak chef Michael (McGregor) and scientist Susan (Green) begin to fall in love and their relationship is tested over and over as their senses begin to fail. Even the the plot may sound a little hokey this is actually a very good movie. At once the movie is both disturbing and sweet as well as erotic. The acting is fantastic as you believe that they are really losing their senses and you really begin to feel bad for them. To me this is a little scary because it makes me wonder if this could actually happen (from some chemical) and how I would act. This movie will give you hope and break your heart at the same time. I recommend this but it is a movie that will leave you worn out and not really in the mood to do anything after. Overall, a very good movie that is both disturbing and wonderful. I give it a B+.
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Of all the movies that I have viewed this year, this one has to be up there with the best. The amazing direction of David Mackenzie, the lulling and mournful soundtrack by Max Richter and the photography by Giles Nuttgens (both beautiful and distressing combined) pull a metaphorical statement from beginning to end.

Michael (Ewan McGregor) is an executive chef who meets Susan (Eva Green), a saddened epidemiologist, after she returns home from examining a patient with a very disturbing affliction. Inexplicable, as he suddenly lost his sense of smell for no apparent reason. This continues on to several other people at first then runs amok.

These two begin an intimate relationship quite rapidly, as everything in this movie happens quickly and without warning with one exception: each person will fall into a severe emotional occurrence prior to losing their ability to smell.

Susan and her team give it the name 'Severe Olfactory Syndrome' (SOS, an interesting acronym) as it reaches epidemic proportions and spreads worldwide. There are no explanations given as there is no time, therefore one must think on their own of how, why or what is happening. The movie heavily affects your time in reacting. It causes suspenseful anxiety to build readily and rapidly as you are left questioning the reasons of how could this be?

The erotic relationship between Michael and Susan hardly gets a chance to develop, as the rapid-fire affliction follows into another sense (taste) and similarly eradicates it. Michael is 'affected' and this is devastating to his career as is Susan affected also. The couple is growing more and more dependent on each other as the happenings around them are mercurial and deconstructing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sense (dont expect to see lots of effects because its not that...
"Perfect Sense" is a unique film in that people are slowly loosing their senses, first goes smell, then goes taste,
then goes hearing, and finally seeing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful
Totally original and unique love story. Ewan and Eva are perfection!
Published 1 month ago by Timothy McGivney
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I hate this movie... DO NOT BUY THIS MOVIE.
Published 1 month ago by Nettie T
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie and wondered why I haven't heard of ...
Wow! Loved this movie and wondered why I haven't heard of it before. Beautiful love story and story line. I would recommend this movie.
Published 1 month ago by K Piper
3.0 out of 5 stars Night-time movie for adults
Good and relaxing movie, but not much of a creative storyline. However, be prepared to withstand the erotic scene in this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Lawrewnce Wong
1.0 out of 5 stars Not formatted for US view.
I did not realize this was no formated for US DVD VIEWING. LESSON LEARNED but should be more clear on site.
Published 5 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars deep movie
bit depressing to watch but this is a movie to make you think and appreciate this brief experience of life on this planet and our society and time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lois Belmont
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Great, heartbreaking movie. Very unique plot and ideas, and wonderful acting. This is one that will keep you thinking after the credits - my favorite kind of movie!
Published 9 months ago by Running Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this celebration of love, the senses, and the resilience of...
Most moving film I've seen in years. Despite the backdrop, this is NOT a disaster film. It's a celebration of the senses, of love, and the resilience of the human spirit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Oakland David
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sense of Niche
it was a bit strange of a perspective, so definitely see this as a cult movie, or a niche taste.
Published 9 months ago by NJ
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