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Don't Think Review

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A summer's night at Japan's Fujirock Festival and Ed and Tom Chemical take to the stage to unleash their barnstorming live set on 50,000 festivalgoers. The needle drops and the show begins...

★★★★★

Not long into Don't Think — a Chemical Brothers film — viewers will resemble Steve Carell in Anchorman: “LOUD! NOISES!” The superstar DJs are unparalleled deliverers of big-beat electronica and jaw-dropping light shows. Innovatively shot, it’s neither a documentary nor extended flashmob ad. It’s a front-seat, gurn-tastic ticket to their Fuji Rock show complete with hilarity, intimacy, fear, love and — above all — chemicals. This visceral ride captures the hands-aloft essence of live dance; the euphoria building to such a crescendo the screen no longer acts as a barrier. The sensory overload would only increase if your popcorn were laced with MDMA; you literally feel the noise. Without saying a word, Don’t Think speaks volumes.

A concert movie with a difference, director Adam Smith captures The Chemical Brothers' live show in all its psychedelic splendor. Blistering, cinematic ecstasy.