Enter The Void

"Very Good"

Enter The Void Review


Ambitious Argentine-French filmmaker Noe is back with another gimmick (see the reverse-order Irreversible): this epic-length odyssey is told completely through the eyes of its central character. It's a gruelling film, but is packed with moments of filmmaking genius.

Oscar (Brown) is a young Westerner living in a one-room flat in Tokyo, where his life is a blur of drug-taking. He's utterly devoted to his sister Linda (de la Huerta), who's also in Tokyo working as an erotic dancer. While on a risky drug deal with his friend Alex (Roy), Oscar meets Victor (Alexander) at the seedy club Void. But they're caught in a police raid, and Oscar is shot, travelling out of his body into the night. Perhaps he can still watch over Linda from beyond the grave.

Noe's boundless inventiveness unleashes astounding visual flourishes from the time-lapse credits to the jaw-dropping finale. He stirs in animation and digital trickery to create a mesmerising stream of consciousness, assembled like a single take in which even the flashbacks seem to emerge organically as they fill in the back-story and add a powerful emotional kick. The only other movie you could even begin to compare this to is 2001, with its similarly episodic structure, swirling colours and life-after-death theme.

What sets this film apart is the way Noe puts us right into Oscar's consciousness, first roaming the streets and then floating through walls and over the city. Each scene is packed with telling details, especially as we see characters interacting in ways that continually demand reinterpretation. Much of this is deeply disturbing (like dipping into the head of one of Linda's clients), extremely graphic (drifting through the rooms of a sex hotel) or full-on horrific (continually reliving the crash that killed his parents).

Images and sounds echo from scene to scene, and it's utterly riveting. Even when things start feeling endless and repetitive in the final hour, there are constant surprises along the way. Within each concentric circle (of hell?), Oscar discovers something else about his own life and how he really feels about his sister. It's simply astonishing filmmaking, and there's a lot of it.



Enter The Void

Facts and Figures

Genre: Foreign

Run time: 161 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 5th May 2010

Box Office USA: $0.3M

Budget: $13M

Distributed by: IFC Films

Production compaines: BIM Distribuzione, Wild Bunch

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Fresh: 62 Rotten: 24

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Gaspar Noe

Producer: , Vincent Maraval, , Gaspar Noe

Starring: Nathaniel Brown as Oscar, as Linda, Cyril Roy as Alex, Masato Tanno as Mario, Jesse Kuhn as Young Oscar, Ed Spear as Bruno, as Young Linda, as Victor

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power Movie Review

It's been a decade since Al Gore's wake-up-call documentary won the Oscar. And here he...

Advertisement
The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

The Hitman's Bodyguard Movie Review

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of...

Final Portrait Movie Review

Final Portrait Movie Review

A relaxed, amusing true story about noted Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, this sharply...

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.