The latest film trend thanks to the Mayans is the end of the world. From everything from Zombies to the human condition there are hundreds of films coming out all the time tackling this subject. The latest using a new twist on the genre is Perfect Sense starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green. Could this film about a love affair and the possibility of the end of the world work or will you wish the world had ended before you starting watch it.
Prefect Sense follows a chef and a scientist that fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their sensory perceptions. This movie takes a chance with the direction and plot it uses to tell its story. Sadly it is somewhat useless as neither really needs the other to tell the story. This is one of those films that works on some levels, but on others felt all over the place. At times it’s hard to tell if this is about the love story or the epidemic the world is dealing with. Clearly attempting to be both, it takes the focus away from both as it can’t quite decide where it wants to plant its roots. The performances here are great, but just surround by a somewhat muddled story. There are some really cleaver aspects to the filmmaking choices here as they attempt to make the viewer feel like they are experiencing some of the sensory issues that those in the film are. This made the film more unique and original, but the lack of strong direction hurt what was potentially the most unique take on this subject matter in a long time. There is a lot of buildup with this film dealing with each individual sense, which are the best parts of the film, but the love story which seems to be what the focal point is intended to be bounces all over the place.
This isn’t a bad movie, just one that needed a bit more direction. They have a great idea and cast, but a bit of a scattered execution. If you are tired of the same old zombie apocalypse or viral strain ending the world, this is a good alternative for a fresh take on the same subject matter.