The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
An odd epidemic appears across the globe: people suddenly lose one of their senses. At first, it's an outbreak of loss of smell. It's often presaged by a destructive temper tantrum. In this mix are a scientist and a chef - she's Susan, one of a team trying to understand the epidemic; he's Michael, charming and engaging. Susan and Michael begin a relationship in the middle of increasing chaos, as the loss of other senses plagues more people and as civil authorities try to maintain order. Susan's voice-over reflections provide insight. Is love possible in such a changed world? Can anything make perfect sense? Written by
When Stephen is talking to Susan and the Virologist near the beginning of the film, a doctor can be seen running down the stairs behind him towards the floor below. The camera cuts away and then back to Stephen, showing the doctor running back down the stairs again, then after a second cut back, he vanishes. See more »
There was darkness. There is light. There are men and women. There's food. There are restaurants. Disease. There's work. Traffic. The days as we know them, the world as we imagine the world.
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The one thing I can say about this movie is that it is consistent with the pessimistic view of the human race when presented with something out of the ordinary. For all of the movies with apocalyptic themes, the only consistent factor is that humans are generally evil, and all we need is one small bump in the universe to turn us all into raving lunatics.
As I was watching, I was reminded of 'The Happening'. Wonderful idea of a world taking revenge on its inhabitants, and this movie could have been following the same theme, but it's done differently.
I love the progress of the character development, especially when Michael experiences the same selfish narcissistic tendencies (or so he thinks) in his new love interest that he has portrayed in the past. The blatant exposure of self when the loss of sensory perception shows how transparent and weak we actually are really brings a perfect sense of reality to those watching.
True, the character acting is superfluous, but with the actors available, what else would you expect (I was completely ready for Eva Green to die of consumption whilst Ewan MacGregor sings an Elton John tune at the top of his lungs... COME WHAT MAAAYYYY).
True, the plot has holes, but being caught up in the emotion of each of the tragedies, and anticipation of the arrival of the next, provides an escape from the rigors of perfection of plot (and, honestly, if they wanted to fill in all of the holes with Tom Clancy-ish type descriptions, the movie would have to be 4 hours long... this story could have been done as a one-hour special on TV).
This one was definitely worth the 88 minutes, and I would be open to watching it again.
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