In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead, raped and tied and gagged with her underwear. Detective Park Doo-Man and Detective Cho... See full summary »
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. Written by
I like exploitation films. I can even stomach self-indulgent art-house crap if it's interesting enough. What I can't abide is exploitation masquerading as art. This movie was junk. It is exploitive without wearing its heart on its sleeve. So, the director played with timeline, etc. That doesn't make it artistic. A good director could have disturbed us without showing nearly as much. And don't give me that "he was trying to make a point" nonsense. It was a flat out movie about revenge and violence and that's it. Don't pretend it's art. It's not. Tough luck. Deal with it. And it's not like the film was terribly original (Memento, anyone?). It was derivative in the extreme and, by my way of thinking, it was really boring. If you want to see a good exploitation movie, watch "Vice Squad" or "Fight for Your Life." These movies don't pretend to be much more than they are. Yes, there may be a glimmer of social commentary in each, but, in the end each knows what it is: a sleazy exploitation film. Embrace it, man! All of you snooty art-film people out there: you can have "Irreversible." It was complete and utter garbage.
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