IFC Films | Release Date: September 24, 2010
6.9
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Generally favorable reviews based on 98 Ratings
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JUIKERAug 25, 2012
I wanted to like this movie and I wanted it to get better but it never did. Long, tedious shots of blinking lights and pans through walls and over rooftops are not my idea of storytelling. The movie intends to be artful, perhaps, but there isI wanted to like this movie and I wanted it to get better but it never did. Long, tedious shots of blinking lights and pans through walls and over rooftops are not my idea of storytelling. The movie intends to be artful, perhaps, but there is nothing artful at all about the director's inability to pace this properly. In between the unbearably long scene changes there is a highly original (if relentlessly dreary) story based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead as seen through the eyes of a young drug casualty. I would say that the director is obviously misanthropic, too, and that's not a view I share. (Maybe that's the key, then. Maybe he's trying to tell the audience, "Look at what a bunch of idiots you are, sitting through all this turgid nonsense.")

Anyway, it's horrible in a variety of ways but I'll give him points for telling an original story (which would have been about a half hour long) and going some places movies have never gone before (but going many more places no movie has a right to bother).
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raco2046Oct 4, 2010
I saw this film at Cannes 2009, to my awe, moviegoers either fell asleep or left the screening. I forced myself through it. I cannot understand the high ratings nor why Gaspar Noe would overindulge with such sloppy editing. For me it was wayI saw this film at Cannes 2009, to my awe, moviegoers either fell asleep or left the screening. I forced myself through it. I cannot understand the high ratings nor why Gaspar Noe would overindulge with such sloppy editing. For me it was way Over the void. Glad to read I am mostly alone at my despairing view of this long tale of whatever its meant to portray. Expand
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DeathrompFeb 13, 2011
If "Crank: High Voltage" had dialogue, and an ego. Stiff voice acting, and third person camera angles ironically bring to mind more recent ANTI-drug advertisements; 'EtV' truly seems to want to capitalize on every depravity and debauchery theIf "Crank: High Voltage" had dialogue, and an ego. Stiff voice acting, and third person camera angles ironically bring to mind more recent ANTI-drug advertisements; 'EtV' truly seems to want to capitalize on every depravity and debauchery the Tokyo underworld has to offer, in all it's cliched glory : strip clubs; raves; drug-dealing; drug taking; incest; Oedipal complexes; gratuitous violence; car wrecks; AIDS ... Given some attractive imagery, and nifty trickery - most of the film operates as if one were playing a first person shooter on NO CLIP mode... â Expand
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theNILEJun 29, 2015
Supposed to be trippy, but all the flashing **** is really stupid. It's a little messed up and for certain reasons the sound levels are annoying as **** The whole thing is also really dragged out. Some scenes are so long yet they are soSupposed to be trippy, but all the flashing **** is really stupid. It's a little messed up and for certain reasons the sound levels are annoying as **** The whole thing is also really dragged out. Some scenes are so long yet they are so boring. Most the acting is poor. The sex scenes were more interesting than the movie, and the characters are entirely forgettable. Actually, you pretty much know nothing about the characters besides how their lives became entwined. Unfortunately, this movie was depressing, so I can't even be bothered to figure out what is it about. I just don't give a **** I have no idea why anybody would actually want to watch it. Expand
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