Movie Reviews (such as they are)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Where the Truth Lies

I don't think I've seen an Atom Egoyan film all the way through until this one. I'm not really sure why. Anyway, I had seen a bit of this one on a previous occasion, and the wife suggested we record it and watch it at our leisure when it came around for a second time in the space of very few months.

The premise of Where the Truth Lies is about uncovering the truth about the murder of a young female hotel worker who was last seen making her way to the hotel room of a cabaret double act, played by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. Charged with uncovering the real story is young reporter Karen (Alison Lohman).

Well, the story jumps back and forth from the late 50s to the early 70s with gay abandon, as well as from one person's perspective to another's. It's all quite twisty-turny and a pretty fun ride. It may even benefit from multiple viewings; or maybe that would simply reveal how many plot holes there are! Hard to say.

Good performances all around, although perhaps the set decoration could have exaggerated a little the different eras, since it wasn't always absolutely clear when the hell the action was taking place!

I'd probably watch it again sometime in the future.

Score: let's say 67 out of 100.

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Driven to Kill

Every week, I'm sure, there's a different Steven Seagal movie on TV. The guy must've made hundreds (actually, surprisingly, not even 40), but I really can't say I've seen more than one prior to Driven to Kill. The one I saw before was Executive Decision, and he died about halfway through that, if I recall correctly, so it's not really a Seagal movie, I suppose.

Interestingly, Steve here decided to play a Russian, putting on a hideous accent. But he still came out of it sounding better than most of the cast. I guess he has to work hard to fill his films with as many shitty actors as possible to make him look good. Or as good as possible.

Blah blah blah.

I actually managed to watch the whole thing, though, which I think says more about the state of British TV between 10pm and midnight on a Sunday than it does about the film itself.

Score: 23 out of 100.

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