Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? Written by
Post-production continued till the end of the year 2009. See more »
15 minutes into the film, there is a bathroom POV scene where the character is looking into a mirror and splashing water on his face. in the sink, the hands have a ring on them, but in the 'mirror', they do not. See more »
[watching Oscar smoke DMT]
Just light 'er up. Yeah, you gotta watch out, because you could drop it, you might fuckin' burn yourself. So if you want, next time... I could hold it for you.
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At the Cannes Film Festival the film was screened without any opening or closing credits, the film began with "ENTER" and ended with "THE VOID". See more »
This movie starts out in a style unlike most and you feel drawn into Tokyo and the flashing lights, as you see life from the point of view of our hero Oscar. A young Englishman with an unhealthy hallucinogenic drug habit living with his sister. He has earned enough money to bring her back to his side in Japan through dealing.
During the first 90 minutes we are treated to a hallucinogenic trip through Oscars eyes before he departs with his friend Alex to drop drugs off at the local club. We see drama unfold and enjoy the telling of our hero's childhood with his sister before another shock. Cleverly told through flashbacks the story is both intriguing and interesting as we examine their lives together and the effects of their actions. The visuals are amazing and the effects of flying from one scene to another are at first fantastic and dreamlike. However as you drift slowly from one scene to another you can only feel infuriated and frustrated at the plodding between the plot.
Still enthralled to find out what will eventually happen I found myself fast forwarding through the last 60 minutes to the story bits. I was rewarded with some scenes of bizarre debauchery in the Love Hotel before the story finale.
Having loved being shocked by 'Irreversible' I enjoyed 'Enter the Void' but was frustrated at the overdoing of the visual trips flying over and through buildings for maybe 60 minutes of the 175 minutes. If you don't mind chilling out (possibly with some chemical inducement to help) and just watching a visual masterpiece with a great story interlaced within it this movie is for you. Otherwise just have the fast forward button at the ready. Drug taking, gore, sex, and bizarre but true life acts, combine in a dream like story of life and a vision of death and fantasy. Id give this movie 8 out 10 if it were cut to a more reasonable length.
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