Chloe

"Excellent"

Chloe Review


This lush, insinuating remake of the rather muted French film Nathalie (2003) benefits from a much more emotionally charged script and lively, layered performances. It also has director Egoyan's playful skill at exploring images and perceptions.

Catherine (Moore) puts up with the flirtatious personality of her husband David (Neeson) until she gets evidence that he's had an affair. And now she wants details. So she hires high-class hooker Chloe (Seyfried) to seduce him and tell her what happens. "He's not the client," she reminds Chloe, and indeed it's the relationship between the women that turns strangely obsessive. Lines are blurred between who's falling in love with whom, and by the time each person starts to realise what's happening, they're in trouble.

Yes, there's a whiff of Fatal Attraction in the way Wilson has adapted the screenplay. And Egoyan tells the story like a Hitckcock thriller, with a constantly surging underscore by Mychael Danna and sleekly linear production design that's heavy on glass and mirrors. Paul Sarossy's camerawork prowls the sets seductively, developing erotic tension between all of the characters, including Catherine and David's late-teen son (Thieriot).

But this isn't style over substance. It's an astute exploration of a mature marriage that has changed from passionate romance into a close friendship.

Moore and Neeson beautifully get under their characters' skins, and we can really feel how each one is struggling with growing older. Seyfriend is excellent as well, playing a woman who knows exactly how to hit the right buttons yet isn't quite in control of her power to arouse others.

Watching the events unfurl through Catherine's eyes gives the film a subtle electric charge because, like her, we're unsure what's really going on. We don't understand why their son is so surly toward her, and we are drawn to this sexy stranger who seems to offer something intriguing that might actually reinvigorate the marriage. It's rare to find a movie that recognises that even in relationships we're all human, we still find other people attractive and we need to be pursued. And since this film is so well acted and directed, perhaps we can forgive its melodramatic touches.



Chloe

Facts and Figures

Genre: Horror/Suspense

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 10th March 2010

Box Office USA: $1.8M

Box Office Worldwide: $8.5M

Budget: $15M

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Production compaines: Outpost Studios, StudioCanal, Montecito Picture Company, The

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Fresh: 77 Rotten: 74

IMDB: 6.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Jeffrey Clifford, ,

Starring: as Catherine Stewart, as David, as Chloe, as Michael Stewart, R. H. Thomson as Frank, as Anna, Mishu Vellani as Receptionist, Julie Khaner as Bimsy, Laura DeCarteret as Alicia, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight as Trina, as Miranda, Arlene Duncan as Party Guest, Tamsen McDonough as Waitress, Kathryn Kriitmaa as Waitress 2, Adam Waxman as Bartender, Natalie Lisinska as Eliza

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded...

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

British writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) is an expert at digging beneath the...

Advertisement
The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored...

The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby Movie Review

There isn't a lot of subtlety in this madcap animated comedy, which is more aimed...

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex...

Going in Style Movie Review

Going in Style Movie Review

This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George...

Graduation Movie Review

Graduation Movie Review

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) recounts another staggeringly detailed...

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

This sci-fi thriller is so visually stunning that it deserves to be mentioned in the...

Free Fire Movie Review

Free Fire Movie Review

Basically a 90-minute shoot-out, there isn't a lot to this movie. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.