The Two Faces of January (2014)
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Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the
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An unhurried, louche thriller that gives way to claustrophobia as it starts to get its clammy hands around your neck.
It's the locations that give the film its most robust flavour ... the plot isn't the film's greatest attribute, but hums along reliably, next to actors, clothes and locations that do the heavy lifting. Fun and disposable.
We've all got a bit of good in us. We've all got a bit of bad in us. That comes through loud and clear when you get to know these characters.
A welcome hark back to the days when mystery films were chiefly the stuff of cinema rather than TV...an absorbing, finely honed adventure.
This expertly executed adaptation of a second-tier title from esteemed author Patricia Highsmith is all about making a little niggle go a long way.
Structurally his script is excellent, condensing the book's plot while retaining its spirit.
Amini's handling of this gripping drama makes the film intriguing even when some of the plot developments stretch the boundaries of belief, and the film boasts three very strong performances in the leading roles.
Long-time screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) displays a degree of airy, old-fashioned elegance in his first directorial outing.
A final foot chase - like much before it - attempts to recall classics like The Third Man, yet is successful only in the way that Mortensen's speed is as dubious as Orson Welles'.
A tight, stylish, romantic thriller with strong characters and driving plot, The Two Faces of January is the perfect remedy for those who live on a steady diet of Hitchcock and Wilder noir's.
It's the three central performances that define this thriller, with the two men as the 'two faces' - the duality that they represent. (Janus was the god of beginnings and endings for the Romans)
This is a tale filled with secrets and shadows with all the elements coming together serendipitously - good storytelling, layered performances and edge of seat tension to keep us guessing
This is a taut thriller whose gaze is always focused on the progress of plot and relationships.
A handsomely mounted if somewhat slight affair, beautifully photographed by Marcel Zyskind, gorgeously dressed by Steven Noble, and well played by the central trio ...
This sun-drenched thriller is much more than a pretty picture: it's also a slow-burning story about moral compromises that worms its way under the skin.
Impeccable production values and pitch perfect performances ensure engagement levels remain high. These positives, however, don't fully compensate for a spectacle that lurches uncomfortably close to melodrama towards the conclusion.
There's delicious movie-movie elegance in the exotic locales and the period dress, but not much tension to be found in the murderous misadventures on offer.
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