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Perfect Sense

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SENSORY EXPERIENCE Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner in Perfect Sense
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Perfect Sense

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
92 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/10/12
performer:
Eva Green, Ewan McGregor
director:
David Mackenzie

We gave it a B+

Ewan McGregor and Eva Green are easy on the eyes as lovers in Perfect Sense, an intriguing apocalyptic romance with a multi-purpose title. He’s an exuberant chef, she’s a reserved epidemiologist, and their sexy relationship blossoms in Glasgow against the backdrop of an epidemic (a challenge for her) in which people all around the world are losing their senses one at a time — first smell, then taste (a challenge for him), et cetera. For good measure, each loss is preceded by an outpouring of a specific emotion: Wild grief, for instance, is a sure sign that one’s ability to smell is about to vanish. I smell a whiff of Blindness in the project and detect a touch of Children of Men in the DNA.

The movie doesn’t build to an emotional climax that matches its philosophical ambitions. But directed by David Mackenzie (who worked with McGregor before in 2004’s Young Adam), it easily seduces by playing around with sight, sound, and pacing. The world may be taking leave of its senses, but McGregor and Green are looking good. B+