Reviewed by

Christopher Armstead

Michael (Ewan McGregor) is an insensitive asshole. When we first meet Michael he has just finished knocking off some woman who was gracious enough give him a taste of that cookie, but Michael proceeded to kick her out of his flat. He says he can’t sleep with somebody else in his bed. Come on Michael. Susan (Eva Green) is a mean bitter shrew. Albeit one with great breasts. In fact, while Ewan McGregor and Eva Green might be on the marquis, after watching director David McKenzie’s film ‘Perfect Sense’, Eva Green’s Breasts probably should’ve been at the top of this marquis because they seemed to be the true stars of this film. Regardless, Michael and Susan don’t know each other right now, but they will be thrust together very soon in the midst of a series apocalyptic events about to strike every single citizen of the Planet Earth, in this strange movie ‘Perfect Sense’.

Susan, who works as an epidemiologist, has been summoned to view a strange case. A man, hospitalized for a severe bout of depression, has just lost his sense of smell. The only reason we would need an epidemiologist on this case would be if this event has affected more than one person, and it looks like it has affected quite a few. Could we have an epidemic on our hands?

Yeah, actually we do, but first our doctor has to meet our chef. Michael bummed a ciggy off of Susan, who lives upstairs across street from where Michael works, and the rest is magic. Well, not really. Susan being all mean and bitter and stuff isn’t just an act, but Michael being the charmer that he is does draw her out of her shell a little bit. Plus at this time, almost everybody on the planet earth has lost their sense of smell, with both of them experiencing the depression and the loss of smell together, which has brought them closer together. Passionate love making will ensue.

Tragically, this is only the beginning of this catastrophe for the citizens of the Planet Earth as some hyper emotional response is quickly followed by the loss of a sense. The relationship between Michael and Susan mirror the loss of these senses as the human population struggles with this, but then adapts the best way that they can, as the asshole and the bitter shrew fall deeper in love with one another.

But the human race can only take so much, considering the situation is worsening by the day, and the relationship between our two primaries isn’t immune to this either, especially considering the hyper emotional response that follows the loss of one’s hearing. The human race has done a remarkable job in adapting to the bad hand they’ve been given up to this point. Can Michael and Susan do the same? Will you care? This is the question that will decide how you will ultimately feel about this movie.

When ‘Perfect Sense’ open up with Eva Green’s sultry tones providing hyperbolic narration against a backdrop of various images, we have to admit that were fearing that Mr. McKenzie’s film was going to be some pretentious British bullshit… and it was to be honest with you… but it was some pretentious British bullshit that was pretty easy to digest. In fact, if McKenzie had chosen to completely discard Ms. Green’s narration, despite the fact we do love the sound of her voice, I do think the movie would’ve flowed better because I’m of the opinion that the narration didn’t add much to this film, aside from the pretention of bullshit. But of course, that’s just my opinion.

What you will get with ‘Perfect Sense’ is a different take on the impending apocalypse, it is 2012 and all so filmmakers are finding new ways end the world, with this take focusing more on the resiliency of the human race and the everlasting power of love and to that end the movie does work, mainly… if not solely… on the performances of both Eva Green and Ewan McGregor. I sure hope these two got along on set, considering how much time they had to spend together rolling around naked. True enough neither character is all that pleasant as the film started out, Susan’s sour disposition caused by external situations and bad biology, Michael apparently being born the way that he is, but as the situation around them deteriorates, the softening of Susan’s hard edges and the lessening of Michael’s aloofness is presented in a believable and viable manner, and as a result of this the audiences affinity for these damaged characters is able to grow. It helps that Eva Green probably has the best steely gaze in the business and Ewan McGregor almost always seems aloof and disinterested, but that’s what we mean by putting your actors in the best position to succeed.

If nothing else we did appreciate McKenzie’s more positive take on the impending apocalypse, as opposed 99% of the apocalyptic movies which show good people of Earth slitting each other’s throats and burning stuff down, which is probably more accurate, but ‘Perfect Sense’ was enjoyable. Once you get past the pretentious B.S. that is.

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