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David Mackenzie's rampaging-virus movie doesn't dodge genre potholes so much as it stays off that road entirely. --Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
Mr. McGregor and Ms. Green make an attractive couple. --Stephen Holden, New York Times
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this film. What an interesting idea for a sci-fi film, and fascinating backdrop for a romance. Full review on Spacefreighters Lounge blog (12/23/2015).Published 5 months ago by scribblefish
Creepy, sad movie about loosing your senses one at a time.....can you imagine being in a prison of your own thoughts with no senses? UGH
DVD arrived scratched and it won't play past the first 30 minutes.Published 9 months ago by Kelly A. Kallaher
An engrossing romance that occurs in the middle of an epidemic. An usual dramatic circumstance: People in the world and in their town lose their sense of smell, taste, hearing,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by v. cain
Such as incredible movie that really gets in touch with a person's true self and the full range of emotions and how we take them for granted. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Mayhew
Perfect Sense has some brilliant ideas which I haven't come across before, unfortunately most of the screen time is distracted by the love story between Ewan McGregor and Eva... Read morePublished 10 months ago by James N Simpson