It seems Brian de Palma's new movie has been getting lots of negative reviews. I usually judge how interesting a film is on the basis of how often I press pause to get a snack, respond to e-mail or check my dashboard on blogger. Passion was gripping! I held my breath during the entire film and when the closing credits started rolling I couldn't believe 100 minutes had gone by so fast. I was very surprised to see it has a 5.4/10 rating on imdb. And although I seldom read reviews before I write my own opinion, this time I couldn't resist. I'll have to disagree with the majority of the critics (story of my life) and this is why:
- The story:
- The performances:
Rachel McAdams is frighteningly amazing as the venomous, cunning, self-absorbed, stepping-on-others-to-succeed business executive. What lengths will she go to to get the job in New York? How ruthless can she become? Good-looking as always, her character is also impeccably stylish which makes her a joy to watch. Blonde and mean, she reminded me a little of Regina George from Mean Girls (2004).
Noomi Rapace is such a pleasant surprise as the seemingly innocent employee who is exploited by her superiors. Her cold, expressionless eyes hide her true intentions on more than one occasions. Will she manage to outsmart her boss? How will she react to being ridiculed and humiliated in front of all her colleagues?
- The music:
So, there you have it. Passion was a decent thriller that kept me intrigued up until the end. And since it's a remake of the French Crime d'Amour (2010), I would gladly watch the original too.
p.s: I'm not linking to the trailer because, in my opinion, it contains spoilers.