A Complete Waste of Time
What a terrible load of rubbish. A waste of good actors. A waste of a
film crew. A waste of film!!! A waste of time for anyone watching it.
It is just such a heap of garbage!!!!
The movie grabs you in the first few minutes with what promises to be a
thriller. From there on it goes steadily downhill with a very weak
storyline, some lousy directing, and a mawkish puerile ending.
All I can say to anyone with this movie on DVD is bin it or burn it
quickly. Don't insult anyone by giving to them.
I would sue the makers for mental torture and stress if I had the
Avoid this movie at all costs..
Helen Mirren is THE Star
WARNING:POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE
FILM. The three stars of the film are among my favorites, so I was
expecting them all to be great. And they were. It is an intimate film
without many extraneous characters so we are able to zoom in on each of
them. Willem Dafoe for once plays a regular guy, so his performance is
very even and without any over the top histrionics. His character has
decided what he is going to do, and nothing deters him. Redford is to
be admired for a very subtle performance without the Hollywood glamor
attached. But, like the stars of the 30s and 40s, he is still Redford
more than he is the character(not necessarily a bad thing). Helen
Mirren, however, is the real star of the film, in my opinion. Her
performance is effortless and graceful with strong emotions just under
the surface. There is a scene where the FBI agent has just told her
that her husband has continued an affair she thought was over. She bows
her head, tears coming into her eyes, then moments later raises her
head with her "cool" still intact. We see the control take over right
in front of our eyes, and it is awesome to behold. I found myself
asking, "Did I really just see that?" I plan to see the movie again
just for that scene. Helen Mirren is finally getting the roles she has
so long deserved. I have been a big fan for a long time, especially of
Prime Suspect and some of her other television miniseries. With this
film and Calendar Girls, she is on her way! I hope the Academy is