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Perfect Sense has interesting ideas and charismatic stars, all of which add up to a viewing experience that's frustratingly less than the sum of its intriguing parts.
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Each deprivation is preceded by a flurry of emotion that leads to the film's most vivid sequences.
An intriguing apocalyptic romance with a multi-purpose title.
The problem with Perfect Sense is its inability to be effective as either a character-based love story or something larger and more bold.
People around the world progressively lose their senses of smell, taste, hearing and, finally, sight. Too bad the filmmakers never seem to have had a sense of humor in the first place.
A solemn sci-fi parable set in present-day Glasgow, whose deepening sense of foreboding is sustained by the enigmatic, pseudo-biblical reflections of an unseen narrator.
It's difficult to impart feelings of profound sadness with an image of Ewan McGregor shoving a stick of butter in his mouth.
There are a few moments where the main character arcs seems a tad too convenient, in the typical romantic comedy vein, but it's easy to let that slide amidst the momentum of everything else happening on screen.
Compared to the latest crop of movies this year, this limited-release indie is startlingly profound.
Manages what all great sci-fis achieve: making an imaginative idea worm its way into your head, until you start seeing the world in a strange new light.
A beautifully intricate and personal piece of cinema, bolstered by phenomenal direction, terrific performances and truly affecting, surprisingly original screenplay.
This is not to say that "Perfect Sense" has no charm because it does. It's just that it's hard to make perfect sense of what director David MacKenzie had in mind.
A love story that never is never corny or predictable. [Full review in Spanish]
A rare cinematic trip to Edinburgh is rewarded in this sci-fi tale of the end times that refeshingly offers a different spin on the proceedings: we lose our senses quite literally, and each, one at a time. Tying this all together is a love story of two wary and cynical career professionals who grudgingly take the plunge initially, but later discover their inherent need to unite. Mainly good stuff.
Through the eyes of two people about to fall in love, this film tells the story of a mysterious pandemic robbing humans of their sense of smell, and that is just the beginning.
Of course the movie refuses to give any explanation for the phenomenon, and still efficiently makes each viewer wonder what it would mean for their own lives. Especially the short montages of reactions from around the world to yet another lost sense are gripping and extremely well done. Of course, the film gets more bleak with each loss, yet glimpses of hope remain in the form of McGregor and Green's love. Their excellent performances carry the film through slower parts too. In the end, things pretty apocalyptic and remind you of the even greater "Children of Men", but here the focus remains on the personal reactions of a couple to the unthinkable, that could very well mean the end of civilization. Pretty well done.
A pleasant surprise: Star Wars pilot Wedge as McGregor's boss.
This was a very interesting way of presenting an end-of-the-world scenario. I definitely appreciated the performances by McGregor and Green. I suppose those who did not like it simply did not get the message it tries to send.
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