Perfect Sense doesn’t exactly seem to be limiting itself to a niche audience. The trailer alone brings three completely different types of films to mind. It opens with the romantic comedy—a dry romantic comedy, to be fair: stars Ewan McGregor and Eva Green joke and flirt and cook and maintain their physical allure even when frazzled.
Then, out of nowhere: EPIDEMIC THRILLER. We find out that not only are we supposed to care about this pair’s relationship, but also the fate of the human race. The population is becoming rapidly inflicted with a disease that robs individuals of their senses (starting with smell, moving onto touch, then hearing, then sight, then sound).
After you’ve managed to shake off the horror of this idea, and if you’ve withstood the pretty effective cinematic depiction of men and women falling victim to this illness, you are rewarded: the trailer takes another shift in theme and transforms into a spirited, uplifting, love-conquers-all, if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-do-it parade of the human will. McGregor and Green serve as a symbolic testament to man’s ability to overcome his hardships…just so long as he believes in the power of love.
Ordinarily, this last sentiment might come across as corny. But for some reason, when mixed with the Contagion/The Happening phenomenon of the trailer’s middle third, it seems to work. It looks like this film will actually earn its triumphant message. And whatever happens in the end, I predict there’ll be crying. Well-deserved crying. Call it a hunch…I guess I just have a sixth sense for these things.
Perfect Sense is directed by Dave Mackenzie (Young Adam, Mr. Foe, The Last Great Wilderness).