Ewan McGregor teams up with Young Adam director David MacKenzie for the second time in this compelling love story.
The film’s focus is Glasgow, and in particular a couple played by McGregor and Eva Green, whose relationship starts up just as the world is embroiled in an epidemic which robs humans of their senses one by one, starting with smell. Since Mike’s (McGregor) a chef and Susan’s (Green) a scientist, they are on the frontline of the action.
Usually with apocalyptic-type movies, the focus is on a certain beefy Hollywood hunk who is running around with grenades and armour in a bid to save the world – this is not that kind of movie. The end of the world scenario only serves as a backdrop to the core of the plot – a classic love story.
While certain parts of the storyline are over-indulgent, unnecessarily graphic and confusing (for example, the fact that Susan is a scientist specialising in rare diseases but for some reason never actually questions these accumulating health problems, instead focusing all of her attention on her love life), the acting from McGregor and Green is the winning factor.
The duo's intensity and realistic portrayal of a relationship grabs at every heartstring and catapults you into their world. McGregor oozes charisma as he wanders the streets of Glasgow and the chemistry between him and Green could be bottled and sold.
It's also McGregor's first time to film a movie with his uncle Denis Lawson, who he credits as his inspiration. Lawson plays the restaurant owner where McGregor's character Mike works and you can feel the importance of their moments together on-screen.
In short, Perfect Sense, while not without its flaws, is well-shot, well-acted and leaves you thinking long after you’ve left the cinema. Stark but with a glimmer of hope from love, this film is a unique romance with a sci-fi backdrop that is riveting, heart-wrenching and poignant.