Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Passion (2012)

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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
Backstabbing, lies, cheating, embezzlement, fake friendships and, eventually, a cold-blooded murder weave this tale of relentless competition among corporate employees in the everlasting struggle to reach the top, whatever it takes. It is my habit not to delve into plot details before watching a movie (or when writing about it, for that matter) so the question "Who will murder whom?" kept me on the edge of my seat for the most part of De Palma's feature. I didn't lose interest after the murder, as the movie evolved into a fast-paced whodunnit with more than a few twists in the plot.  
  • 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:
Modern thrillers often fail to create the atmosphere of suspense that will compel the viewer. In Passion, the music is old-fashioned in a good way. It is thriller music, not a mere combination of "dark, ominous tones".


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.






16 comments:

  1. It seems like I'm going to watch this movie!! ;)

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  2. Καλησπέρα Εύη μου!!!Μού ακούγετε πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα η ταινία!!!
    Ακόμα νά πάω στόν θερινό σινεμά!!!Νά περνάς καλά κοριτσάκι!!!Φιλάκια!!!!

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    1. Δεν ηταν καθολου ασχημη, δε βαρεθηκα καθολου οπω συμβαινει με τις περισσοτερες και καινουριες.
      Να πατε πριν κλεισει! :)

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  3. Ωραίο φαίνεται! Αν και γενικά αποφεύγω τα θρίλερ αυτό μου φάνηκε ενδιαφέρον και μάλλον θα το δω!
    Φιλάκιααα

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    1. Δεν ειναι θριλερ σπλατερια, ειναι ψυχολογικο με μπολικο σασπενς! Δες το κ πες μου αν σου αρεσε!

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  4. Όσο είναι τα παράθυρα ανοικτά και εγώ μόνη στο σαλόνι αποκλείεται να δω θρίλερ! Όπως το περιγράφεις όμως με προκαλείς να το δω! Με το air-condition στο φουλ εννοείται!! :)
    Να έχεις μια όμορφη μέρα!! Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Χαχα! Εχει μπολικο σασπενς αλλα δεν εχει σκηνες τυπου απο πού θα βγει ο δολοφονος, οποτε μην καις ρευμα! :)

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  5. Α, θα το δω σίγουρα...φιλιά πολλά!

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    1. Να το δεις, να το δεις! Θα περιμενω να μου πεις τη γνωσμη σου! :)

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  6. Urgh. Trailers with spoilers - how rubbish are they? I hate it when you see a trailer in the cinema, and just when you're starting to think "Hey! This looks quite good!", it goes on and on until you feel like you've seen the film anyway.

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    1. Luckily I hadn't watched it before the movie. Otherwise a great part of the suspense would have been lost. The worst trailers are the ones advertizing bad comedies. When you watch the actual movie you realize all the jokes were exhausted in the trailer.

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  7. A very detailed review! I also judge a film by how many times I get distracted. If it's really good I'm totally immersed in it!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for reading! There are times I get so distracted that I hit the mute button and start reading blogs! :)

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  8. Εύη μου ,ακούγεται ενδιαφέρουσα με πολλές δοοπλοκίες και συνομωσίες !Θα τηνπροτείνω στο γιό μου , να μου την φέρει !Περνάς καλά ? Εδώ αρκετή ζέστη και κλιματιστικό φούλ !!

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    1. Ναι, να τη δειτε! Καλα περναω! Η ζεστη σε μετρια επιπεδα αλλα πολλη υγρασια....

      Καλο Σαββατοκυριακο!

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