Review on Enter The Void
In an era of filmmaking, where true ingenuity is often hard to discover, Enter the Void (2010) succeeds as an authentic, alternative, and artistic display of true film mastery. The film recreates the story of Oscar (played by Nathaniel Brown) and his sister (Paz De La Huerta) in which they experience a shared childhood traumatic experience, binding them together for the entire movie. Pronounced a “Psychedelic Melodrama”, the plot is captivating and thought-provoking. Oscar is a drug dealer, specifically catering DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), who suddenly is shot to death in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong. The story depicts the content of the “Tibetan book of the Dead”, in which Oscar’s spirit floats over his dead body then watches over his sister. As outlined in the book, Oscar replays his entire life, and then sees the future that proceeds after this death. As also outlined in the book of the dead, he is to then be reborn through his sister and starts life over again.
The film shows a display of drug-induced hallucinations that artistically reenacts the vivid display of a DMT hallucination. The visual rendition captures the crowd, keeping them at the edge of their seats. The film is shot through the eyes Oscar and his ghost, adding the authenticity and ingenuity the film produces. The movie truly reaches out to the “alternative audience”, meant to attract film enthusiasts that appreciate films by Stanley Kubrick, such as “2001: A space Odyssey”, and films such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
The film is truly a genuine adventure of one’s life through the visions of the Buddhist text known as the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”. It’s acting is not Oscar-worthy, but the style in which the movie is filmed (through the eyes of Oscar) gives leverage to the actors, and allows for the filmmaking and producing to capture the attention of the audience, rather than the acting. The plot offers exhilarating scenes of intense action while succeeding in diverging the audience into the lives of the characters, further connecting the audience to the plot. If you desire to experience a Drug-induced, intensely thrilling plot, then Enter the Void is a movie worth your time.