Neil Davidson/IFC
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 11, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

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 an 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+

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