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  • Summary: Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star in the visceral journey set against the thumping, neon club scene of Tokyo, which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life, death, and the universally wonderful and horrible moments between. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 100
    French director Gaspar Noe has kept a pretty low profile since his 2002 drama "Irreversible" notorious for its brutal nine-minute anal rape scene. But this epic, psychedelic mindfuck confirms him once again as the cinema's most imaginative nihilist.
  2. With beauty, mild and sharp jolts, and mesmerizing camerawork, he (Gaspar Noe) tries to open the doors of perception.
  3. 80
    A picture that's by turns inventive, tender and boring, and one that uses a variety of novelty point-of-view techniques: If Penisvision isn't your thing, then Vagin-o-rama just might float your boat.
  4. 75
    From the rapid-fire, purposely unreadable opening credits to the final baby POV shot of a birth, this is a dazzling and brutal exercise in cinematic envelope-pushing.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    70
    Confrontational and hyperactive, Enter the Void is a difficult film to experience. That's not because Noe is somehow inept. The Argentina-born French writer-director knows exactly what he's doing and what effect his swirling camera, exuberant colors and strobelike effects will have.
  6. Director Gaspar Noé proved a shock poet in "Irreversible" (2003). In Enter the Void, he's a shockingly tedious show-off.
  7. An unbearable exercise in provocation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Aug 12, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Enter The Void.

    Enter The Void is one of the craziest concept of a movie I've ever heard. I was recommended this movie by a friend. Just from the beginning of the movie the visuals altered my thoughts and feelings. The POV shot from the beginning of the movie really pulls in the viewer and becomes more connected to the main character (Oscar). He begins by doing a hallucinogenic (DMT), and begin to trip like I was him. Bright visuals begin to appear on the screen. Hearing people outside, and soft music. His friend calls him to meet him at a club and he begins to try to get out of the trip. And as I to get 10 minutes into the movie Oscar is shot and killed as the camera is still in the POV shot, his heartbeat begins to slow down as you hear him talk to himself and after a minute or two of darkness, his "spirit" is slowly lifted out of his normal body and the camera slowly pulls away from Oscar's dead corpse. His "spirit" starts to go around the building he got shot in. Sees his friend call his sister telling her that he is dead. As his friend is calling Oscar's sister, she is getting laid by a character that Oscar always hated. Oscar soon after picks up the phone to listen to the voice mail and Oscar's "spirit" sees his sister cry because of his death and the camera becomes out of focused and it begins to get louder and louder and the camera pans into a light that is flashing multiple colors. This transfers the spirit into past things in his life. The camera is in the third person of Oscar. The movie begins to run through Oscar's entire life. Every childhood moment. Every last minute he spent on this earth. You begin to understand why he was who he was. Near the end of the movie you see Oscar look at his dead on last time and that is right before they burned his body. This movie really made me rethink a lot of things. What life really is. Is there actually such thing as reincarnation, or is this what really happens when you die? These are questions no one knows the answer too till the day we die. There's noway to prove this happens when you die. This is one of the craziest movies I've ever seen. It's mind altering. It really made me think about a lot of things all at once. If you are a person who really likes movies that later your minds, then I truly recommend this one. There are some really slow parts in the movie and it seems like the movie is dragged on but it is one of if not the greatest movie I've ever seen. Just a fair warning to anyone that plans to watch this, there is a lot of sex scenes, this is not for virgin eyes to see.

    -Marcus Turner
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  2. Jan 23, 2011
    10
    A tour de force, technically and artistically. I left the theater in a state of bliss, shaken and invigorated. This is the work of a singularA tour de force, technically and artistically. I left the theater in a state of bliss, shaken and invigorated. This is the work of a singular auteur, whose vision in the film offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience--one unlikely to be reproduced or even attempted again any time soon. If you're a film buff and understand that any film that inspires such deeply divided opinion probably deserves to be seen, then please give this film a chance and don't be dissuaded by the negative reviews. I saw the long version (containing the seventh reel of nine), and though a case could be made against the pacing during those final reels, every bit felt relevant and engaging. And from my perspective--speaking as one who has traveled with the psychedelics used by the character in this film--it's all very true to experience.

    Though the film is explicitly informed by some of the concepts in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, it is not attempting to be any sort of new-age introduction to that work, to Buddhism, or to other eastern philosophies. It's an exploration of how, after death, we have to untangle and reconcile our prior knowledge, our identities, our duties to ourselves and others, and the choices we made in life. That said, those who are don't see the relevancy of the explicit sexual imagery should know that this can be understood as part of the "sidpa bardo" (bardo of rebirth) per the Tibetan book, and I think it's quite clear that was the director's intention. I'm sure I won't see a better film this year.
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  3. MkM
    Sep 28, 2010
    10
    Unlike anything I have ever scene. A completely brilliant piece of visual art. The strangest part is that it actually succeeds in drawing aUnlike anything I have ever scene. A completely brilliant piece of visual art. The strangest part is that it actually succeeds in drawing a narrative from a largely wordless, largely abstract series of gorgeous camera stunts. The opening credits alone will draw applause in a movie theater (they did when I went). And, even if you find yourself frustrated by certain aspects of the movie, you will still be blown away by the way it looks. This is one of the most beautifully shot films in history. The cinematographer was Marc Caro from Amelie and City of Lost Children fame. This is easily the best looking movie he's ever been a part of, and that's saying A LOT. This is a completely unique experience, though admittedly not for everyone. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2013
    9
    When I saw this film, I expected it to be a huge cultural phenomenon.. I expected it to change the film industry and to become legendary. ThatWhen I saw this film, I expected it to be a huge cultural phenomenon.. I expected it to change the film industry and to become legendary. That didn't happen. But the potential is still within the film and within you, if it hits you. If you're in your early twenties and/or at film school, this one has the potential to change things. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First off, I should say that I extremely disliked Noe's Irreversible, to the point that I was prepared to leave the cinema. Watched it to the end, and I still think it to be a weak story that was supposed to make a loud bang through its use of violence. Regardless of this, I liked Enter the Void. The story still is pretty simple, but the execution is wonderful, and the movie very often is visually compelling. With the exception of some sex scenes (of which there are a lot in the movie, so if you don't like to watch that kind of material or are offended by it than this is not a movie for you), the movie veers away from the mixture of brutality and explicitness one could see in Irreversible. This is not to say that the movie is either easy or conventional, and I would argue that it caters for particular, offbeat tastes. This is both for reasons of its length (a lot of people have problems with movies that last longer than two hours, this one is two-and-a-half), as well as the matter in which it was conceived, as the viewers watch the situation from the viewpoint of a person in the midst of a psychedelic experience (at least that's how I saw it). Not for the common viewer, not for every viewer, not even for most viewers, but I do consider this movie worthwhile. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2014
    7
    Following suit to Irreversible, the main study remains but with more formalist experimentations and metaphysical voyeurism. Only weaker thanFollowing suit to Irreversible, the main study remains but with more formalist experimentations and metaphysical voyeurism. Only weaker than it's predecessor due to its lack of connectivity made with the protagonist and the viewer, replacing the protagonist *with* the viewer. This is seemingly the point, but at the same token can be an alienating experience for the viewer. Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2011
    0
    If "Crank: High Voltage" had dialogue, and an ego. Stiff voice acting, and third person camera angles ironically bring to mind more recentIf "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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