What may seem to be another apocalyptic view on what society has become is really so much more. Directed by David Mackenzie, a very human and beautiful take on the most basic principals in life has been created with 'Perfect Sense,' all despite its generally tragic path. The film has the emotion, the conflict, and that lingering affect you feel once the final shot leaves the screen. Whether the plot is completely realistic or not, Mackenzie transcends the sensory loss viral epidemic that guides the plot and redirects the story to focus on what it means to be alive. When you're left without your senses, what is it that you find you can't live without, and with it gone could you survive?
Ewen McGregor and Eva Green deliver fearless performances. When the chef who has a perpetual need for independence meets the pessimistic epidemiologist at her apartment across the way from his restaurant, a love story unfolds. It is a story of needing one another and connecting on a potent level that only follows the laws of human nature, even when nature itself is being threatened. Both characters have faced disappointment, Green's character Susan from her previous break-up woes and McGregor's character Michael struggling with his abandonment of his now deceased fiancé. As normal relationship doubts and a passionate affair develop into something real, an epidemic causing the gradual and whirlwind loss of our basic senses causes them to face an ultimate struggle. Can a love endure when the world they have been so bound to starts to fall apart itself?
Mackenzie may be catering to the select audiences that can look beyond the surface of things, but we could all benefit from joining this crowd. This film he’s created, with excellent camerawork and use of vivid effects, elegantly approaches the very good and very bad within our spectrum of emotion, and then attempts to delve deeper when examining a powerful couple in the context of a struggling mankind. Set against the somewhat dreary yet graceful scenery of Glasgow, Scotland, ‘Perfect Sense’ delivers a poignant look at a series of events that allow us to look seriously at the things we might consider to appreciate the most.