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Perfect Sense

Perfect Sense
Starring:
Ewan McGregor, Evan Green, Ewan Bremner, Connie Nielses and Stephen Dilane


Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: February 10, 2012 Released by: IFC Films

The maker of Mister Foe and the explicit, if intriguing Young Adam, David MacKenzie, has the latter's star in Ewan McGregor (good in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire) in a strange, specious bedfellow of the aforementioned's Contagion.
 
Perfect Sense also stars Eva Green (The Dreamers, Casino Royale), Ewan Bremner, Connie Nielsen, and Stephen Dillane and is set in Glasgow, Scotland with an odd global pandemic developing. Patients experience a surge of grief before losing their ability to smell before feelings like hatred and terror trigger the loss of other senses like taste and hearing.
 
Green's Susan, a confused epidemiologist and McGregor's Michael, a chef inclined to experimentation with an assistant (Dillane) become romantically involved as an allegorical, mottled self-serving pretension with no immediacy to counter the outbreak. The storyline doesn't appear to have anything more than clumsiness as an answer to a potentially viable setup, including consumption of personal care products, like soap.
 
The filmmakers have difficulty realizing how to focus around its subject as well as bringing any dimensionality to its characters. Yes, McGregor and Green aren't novices in the way they can show themselves on-screen, but there isn't much to their central interaction beyond the erotic, titillating surface for Michael and Susan. Whether their togetherness can hold up against a powerfully peculiar epidemic doesn't really matter because there isn't much for the actors to make of them.
 
Nevertheless, things really start to go awry as a less assured, but seemingly more desperate MacKenzie realizes he needed contributions to mitigate the painfully hackneyed material. Voice-overs from an unseen presence, montages of crying and hunger, as well as much of the dialogue are more bromidic and risible than instilling an eerie apprehension. It's easy to say that this obliging struggle is deeply impaired by the spread of its own potent emotional-driven affliction through banality and bombast, perhaps closer to another misguided, if more provocative title that Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore would have the perfect sense to not be seen in, Blindness.

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