Enter the Void

Enter the Void ★★★★½

The synapses fire. The wooziness sets in, and the comfort of a messy bed is the only relief from the dizziness suddenly floating through your head. The trip begins, and for what feels like an eternity, everything is limitless. Space, time, and the grand expanses of feeling and universal emotion blur together like two neon signs next to each other. However, It's only a matter of time before the great escape brings you back down into the past of horrific memories and continually-floating promises.

Gaspar Noe's Enter the Void, just like DMT (a prominent drug in the film), takes the viewer on a journey that feels longer than it actually is. In spite of its 161 minute runtime, Enter the Void has an electric blurriness that subdues the entire experience into a masterfully mellow high of sorts. Drugs are not needed for Noe's masterpiece, mainly because as its been said before, the film is the celluloid configuration of drugs and the culture that revolves around it.

The experience that comes from Noe's achievement is nothing less than shockingly beautiful and dangerously obtuse. It all begins and ends with Gasper's absolutely immaculate use of the camera, wielding the grainy fluidity of 16mm film in order to heighten the neon lights and the endless trips through various walls and different areas of the environment. Awe-inspiring doesn't even cut it in regards to the camera movements and the overall look, It's absolutely glorious filmmaking.

His script is overly simplistic and to the point, usually unnecessarily so, but it never hinders the sweeping directorial vision and the stunning use of color. As always, his use of violence and sex will startle those who are unprepared, especially those who are uncomfortable with seeing the act of sex filmed in a very fascinating and blooming way, but this isn't for them. Enter the Void revels in the provocative, if only to discover its limitations in order to truly transcend them into something more profound. Gaspar Noe succeeds, crafting a cinematic masterwork of visual language and blunt dreaminess.

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