Of all the Hitchcock imitators, you could do a whole lot worse than this. That doesn't mean this is a good movie though. It jsut means that, for mediocrity, it's got a few thigns going for it, even if it doesn't completely come together.
I wanted to like this film, both in general, and in spite of all the bad reviews. It's not a terrible film, and I can see why people wouldn't like it. I can't understand the hatred toward it though. If anything, this is just a disappointment that had some seriosu potential and, for whatever reasons, just fell apart. It just sucks because there's so much talent here, so why it doesn't work just drives me nuts.
Maybe if the director (I'm not spelling that lengthy name out) had a better grasp of how to do this thing. Blending genres is one of the hardest things to do well. This film tries to blend thriller with romance, with a touch of comedy, and the mix isn't turning out right. Maybe we can just call it a noble faiulre.
I mean, it's not all bad. The locations, costumes, and cinematography are gorgeous, and the score works well, it's just a drag that the tone is all over the place and thatnot all the actor seem to be on the same page.
See this if you want, but don't expect it to be amazing. If you wanna see this sort of thing done well, then head straight into the Hitchcock Library. If anything, this film seems to be the most like North By Northwest except, you know, not a masterpiece.