Enter the Void

Enter the Void

Blu-ray Disc - 2010
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A brother and sister are trapped in the hellish night time world of Tokyo, where he deals drugs and she works as a stripper. A crime gone bad leads to shocking violence and then moments of transcendence in which the movie plunges viewers into death and rebirth like no film has ever done before.
Publisher: New York : IFC Films, [2010]
Edition: Full-length director's cut.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780788613517
0788613510
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (143 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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akirakato
Mar 01, 2019

Written and directed by Gaspar Noé in 2009, this film depicts a drug-fantasy drama in the neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo.
Supposedly created as a psychedelic melodrama, this film seems like an experimental junk, if not a complete flop.
Maybe I expected too much after reading the DVD cover that reads: one of the most mind-blowing and ambitious feature films ever made.
It turns out to be a B-movie a film student might have made---NOT definitely my cup of green tea!

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Janice21383
Jan 24, 2019

It's a Wonderful Death. No, just kidding, it's miserable. I liked the movie, though. Suppose the postmortem world as reported in the Tibetan Book of the Dead were true -- how would that play out? There's a lot to criticize in this ambitious film: some of the writing is amateurish, and scenes can be repetitive and wa-ay too long. It could lose 30 minutes, or even more, and be improved, because. We. Get. It. And yet, there are twists, some powerful acting, and Gaspar Noe is nothing if not committed to his extreme vision. If you can get into it at all, you may find it resonates with what you believe about death and life. BONUS: if you do see this film, come back here and amuse yourself by reading comments from people who obviously did not watch beyond the first 15 minutes.

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Switch
Sep 23, 2017

WOW!!! There's 161 minutes I will never get back! And to top it off, it left pondering deeply on death and my sisters recent passing. This will do wonders for my depression and anxiety!

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slowleave
Jan 15, 2017

Like watching someone with an inability to focus describe in two and a half hours what could have been done in much less time. Too much strobe light crap. Tried too hard and took away from the point.

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poolman
Sep 29, 2016

Innovative and imaginative and very psychedelic BUT the overhead shots and frequent prolonged strobe effects quickly become tiresome. And it's waaaaaay too long.

kevfarley Jul 29, 2015

Thanks for the warnings.

I'll pass.

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pnaduy
Jul 08, 2015

There have many light frames and messy sounds that make film become long, bore, difficult to understand.

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Derringer
Jan 23, 2015

Yep. Just another piece of copy-cat, shaky, hand-held-camera garbage.

Absolutely terrible.

The main character spends far too much time just staring like a brain-dead vegetable at a boring ceiling in his tiny, squalid flat.... Duh!

Not in the least bit interesting. Totally worthless.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Noe pulls all the usual tricks out of his sleeve for this one; vertiginous camerawork spins and loops seemingly at random, pulsating bass beats keep things anchored and everything is awash in lurid shades of neon light. There's the usual transgressive scenes one expects from Gaspar...a thrusting dildo here, an aborted fetus there...but a rough-edged lyricism slowly emerges as we see a wandering soul buffeted between past and present aided by ubiquitous "portals" as it searches for its next destination. The ending is wholly predictable for anyone able to follow the clues (cryptic signage and artwork abound), but at 160 minutes the journey is breathtaking.

SilkyNara Oct 24, 2014

you'd think the spirit would contemplate and meditate rather than watch humans rut and dwell on the past. If this film is exceptional, I didn't stick around long enough to witness it.

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