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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't Americans make films like this?, October 20, 2005
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This review is from: Irreversible (DVD)
This movie is an absolute masterpiece, a movie that will NEVER be made in America. We ask for violence in our movies, but we want it to be quick and (psychologically) painless. We want sex in our movies, but nothing more than "boobies" and simulated, under the blanket sex. What makes this film so powerful is that it refuses to operate by these conventions--we've always been told that the rape scene in "The Accused" was harrowing and groundbreaking. Frankly, it looks like an episode of "Sesame Street" compared to the rape scene in this movie. Some will argue that I am depraved for wanting to see a realistic rape scene. The fact is, the scene made me extremely uncomfortable--as a rape scene should. Why should we get off easily when shown something as heinous as a rape? I believe that the typical 10 second rape scenes trivialize the rape and make it devoid of the devastating consequences it should have upon the viewer's psyche. I would also like to commend Gaspar Noe for showing real sex in his movies. It's about time someone made a movie that proves you can have graphic sex without it being prurient. Irreversible does for sex what Joyce's Ulysses did for sexuality in literature. I can only hope that one day Americans will get over their Puritanical roots, because the Europeans, the Japanese and the South Koreans are humiliating us in the film department.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2009 4:01:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2009 4:03:35 PM PDT
TheBanshee says:
I wouldn't be too quick to say "we" when you talk about Americans. You don't speak for me. Honestly, do you think Americans don't KNOW rape is traumatic?

The real thing is bad enough. Trust me. I do NOT need to watch it on film. And if you think it's some kind of ACHIEVEMENT to reproduce a sickening crime better than US films do it, I'm really sorry for you; that's just messed up. It's unfortunate if you're so emotionally NUMB that you need to be shocked into recognizing rape as horrible. Not all of us Americans are similarly anaesthetized. Do NOT assume they are.

"Humiliating us in the film department?" Oh, boo hoo hoo. So what if we come in last place in the race toward the bottom? Fine with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2011 1:56:57 AM PST
Thuan Ngo says:
I just watched this movie and was reading these old reviews. Banshee, your response to this review could not have been more spot on. How does a 10 minute rape scene make a movie a "masterpiece?" The whole reason the rest of the world can't get enough of our movies is because the USA stands for freedom and justice and that's what we portray in our movies. The good guys actually win in our movies and the low-life bad guys get punished. Why would I go to a movie to make me feel worse about the world? Let the geniuses from those "masterpiece" making countries keep their rape scenes, bad hygiene, and third-world standard of living. We Americans will continue to live in our 3000 sq. ft. houses, eat our double-meat quarter pounder burgers, shop for new 3D HDTVs to watch American Idol, the Super Bowl, and yes Sesame Street. And most of all, enjoy the God given gift of life and freedom in the U.S. of A, baby!

Posted on May 17, 2012 3:07:35 AM PDT
Just Jonny says:
Have to somewhat agree with the other reviewers, i understand the point you were trying to get across, but when you take those sorts of routes with defending a film, you sort of loose the whole meaning of what a film is supposed to be; an entertaining escape from life or reality, not a escape into an even more unpleasant realistic experience that lingers in your psyche in a negative manner. Sure, some people need to seek out tragedy in movies, possibly because they have not already experienced visceral tragedy in their own lives, but that doesn't make it acceptable. This movie belongs where it has been placed, with the likes of Human centipede and other visually degrading filth. People can rationalize these types of movies for as long as they like, but we do have standards here, and luckily this falls far below them. I would any day of the week prefer to walk out of a Hollywood big budget pile of dung, then sit through garbage like this, because the big budget garbage isn't cruel, just annoying. Not to mention the homophobic aspects of the film were pathetic and immature. Demonizing homosexuals and glorifying rape, yeah, show me someone who wants those sorts of things and ill show you someone who clearly is incapable of feeling anything other than negative or ugliness as forms of emotions. Sure, young people will go see this movie, and glorify it, because they haven't really lived yet, but i doubt any rape victims will watch this and say this movie really represented me, so as i said, your comment was pointless and irresponsible.
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