Wrapping up our Neon Nightmare series is Enter the Void, an existential, experimental film from Gaspar Noe.
Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) lives with his sister in Tokyo, where he supports them by dealing his own drug of choice, DMT. On a delivery one night, he learns about The Tibetan Book of the Dead and how a soul can find reincarnation in the afterlife. When he is shot by police later that night, Oscar undergoes an out of body experience where he looks at memories of his past, loved ones after his death, and a psychedelic experience of rebirth.
Heavily inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter the Void is a surreal experience with an intense atmosphere and hallucinatory visuals.
“Enter The Void is a trance-like experience, feeding the shimmering neon of Tokyo at night into a spectacular hallucinogenic head-trip.” – Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club
“There’s nowhere Noé’s camera won’t go, and as his version of Tokyo is a pit of sex and drugs, we’re never far from a flash of flesh or a dose of dope.” – Time Out Staff, TimeOut.com
“It takes a fearless, barrier-shattering behemoth like this film to kick a slumbering cinema up a step or two…a genuine next-level achievement.” – Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com