Chloe (2009)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson
Remake of: Nathalie…
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot, Nina Dobrev

Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson) have been married for quite a while and they’ve grown rather distant. And then Catherine starts to suspect that David is having an affair. When by chance she meets the young prostitute Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), she asks her to try to seduce David to test his loyalty. Which can’t really end well.

Chloe is a good thriller with interesting dynamics between its main characters, especially Catherine and Chloe. But the ending did not convince me. I just thought that it went a bit over the top.

Julianne Moore is fantastic. There’s no way around that. She is brilliant and amazing and again absolutely great in this film. That makes it rather surprising that Amanda Seyfried actually can hold her own next to her. But she does. Liam Neeson is his usual charming self, but he is barely in the film as it focusses on its women.

Mostly the focus lies on Catherine and with her character the movie is definitely at its strongest. The way she slowly unravels and gets caught up in her own suspicions and fantasies was very well written and shown.

But the script falls a little flat in other parts, especially with Chloe’s voice overs, which were just completely unnecessary. And the ending was just a little overblown, a little too dramatic. I didn’t really buy that anymore.

I’m also not completely sold on the whole “punishing Catherine for her doubts about her husband and experimenting sexually with another women by saddling her with a psycho bitch from hell” thing. The movie is a little more complex than that, so it’s not too bad, but generally that message is a little ugh.

Nevertheless, the film is quite watchable. And let’s face it, Julianne Moore is definitely worth it.

Summarising: Fine.


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