ENTER THE VOID, the psychedelic thriller by visionary French maverick Gaspar Noé (IRREVERSIBLE, I STAND ALONE), is a cinematic thrill ride that’s riveted audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and SXSW film festivals. Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star in a visceral journey set against the thumping, neon club scene of Tokyo, which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life, death, and the universally wonderful and horrible moments between. An immersive and just plain mind-bending experience, ENTER THE VOID is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. – (C) IFC
|Date||May 17, 2012|
|Tags||Drama, Enter the Void, Fantasy, Gaspar Noé.|
Written By: Joe Dante
Enter the Void tries to show you something you’ve never seen before. It’s very different and probably a film you’ve never heard of. The only thing to do is to “enter” the film.
The film puts the viewer right into the experience with dramatic POV shots. The viewer is immediately put into the main character’s body and actions. Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) is a drug addict and dealer, and his friend Alex (Cyril Roy) comes to his apartment in Japan.
Alex lent Oscar the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Alex explains that once you die, your spirit roams the earth, and you see everything in your past and future. It is up to you which life to choose and if a decision is not made, a recurring nightmare continues of your past life experiences. The only way out is reincarnation. The visions of a possible future are seen and it is up to you to choose.
Oscar comes to the conclusion that we are all stuck here because there is nothing better is out there. Oscar makes a drug deal at a hip club called the Void. Oscar is killed there, and the nightmare begins. Oscar roams from the past and present as he is haunted by the recurring images of his parent’s death.
The childhood memories closest to him are the ones with his sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). Together they made a pact to never leave each other. They were sent to different foster homes, but reunite in Japan. The tragic events leading up his death are painstakingly recounted making the viewer one with Oscar.
As Oscar floats towards the future, the film feels like it literally goes into the future and takes part of the visual landscape and puts it on film. Gaspar Noe seems to have gone into the future and pulled pieces out to create a unique experience.
Oscar searches for a place to be reincarnated. The film is very graphic and does not shy away from the possibilities. Glimpses of his future are seen and it is up to Oscar to choose. The end is definitely very compelling.
Enter the Void is a different film experience. It’s metaphysical and illustrious at the same time. The dizzying imagery creates a unique story contemplating on life, death, and reincarnation. It is a very human story about a bond between brother and sister.
The film is a very lucid experience. It is a study on life and death through reliving moments of the past, present, and future. Noe has always pushed the medium of film to its limits. With Enter the Void, Noe may have gone far into the future while exploring human existence.
Hollywood Apples is picking Enter the Void and highly recommends it. This movie has plenty of drug use and explicit sex so make sure that you are okay with those kinds of images. Enter the Void is a cinematic adventure with dazzling visuals that take you on a trip unlike anything before. So if you feel up to it, Enter the Void is exactly what you didn’t know you were already looking for.