Monday, 20 October 2014

Movie review - The Two Faces of January (2014)

The Two Faces of January (2014) / thriller

Directed and Written by Hossein Amini
Based on The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
Produced by Tom Sternberg, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Yigit Ozsener
Trailer: click.

A solid old-fashioned thriller!

In 1962, con man Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) tour Greece and visit the Acropolis of Athens. There they meet Rydal (Oscar Isaac), who scams tourists while working as a tour guide. Their paths cross and then events take an unexpected turn.

Firstly. This is an old school thriller which means it emphasis on plot rather than action. The film starts intriguingly but develops poorly and turns dull after a while. It doesn't offer nothing really surprising. Setting is beautiful though, it's well-acted and stylish but mostly, a missed opportunity to be a great thriller. On the other hand film would be a catastrophe if it wouldn't have postcard cinematography and amazing acting trio. 3-/5

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