In Don't Think, The Chemical Brothers have masterminded a live concert movie that manages to decimate the barrier between the audience and the screen.
Point in case: at last night's premiere screening in East London's Hackney Picturehouse, the majority of the audience - which included Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, as well as Keira Knightley, Sharleen Spiteri and Klaxons - ended up out of their seats, dancing. At times it was impossible to tell which 'hands in the air' were on screen and which were in the room.
Director Adam Smith is a long-time collaborator of The Chemical Brothers and the designer of their on-stage visuals. To create the film he oversaw 50 hours of footage, shot on twenty cameras at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, including scenes filmed on handheld units within the audience.
Edited down, the end result is 90 minutes of psychedelic visuals, mind-bending music and intimate glimpses into the heart of a heaving, wide-eyed, muddy festival crowd bedazzled by the audiovisual assault.
In place of a narrative it's relentlessly powered along by the emotion-tugging music. Even non-fans of the dance duo will be awestruck by the seat-shaking sounds of 'Block Rockin' Beats' and 'Galvanise'.
Stripped right back to the pure live performance and visuals, there's none of the backstage and on-the-road footage that featured in other films from the genre; Justice's A Cross The Universe or Soulwax's Part Of The Weekend Never Dies, for example. But nor is this a 'straight' concert movie like Scorsese's 'Shine A Light', which so masterfully recorded The Rolling Stones live.
Far more intense and involving, 'Don't Think' is probably the best encapsulation ever recorded of the clubbing generation's live experience. That feeling of the senses being overwhelmed and reality becoming unhinged is at the heart of this movie.
The first concert film to be filmed in Dolby 7:1 surround sound (mixed by The Chemical Brothers themselves), it will be screened at over 500 cinemas around the world from February 1 2012, and from February 3 in the UK.
Don't think. Just go and see it.