This starts off pretty promising and strong, but quickly spirals out of hand, losing focus, and becoming a muddled, confused story where nothing is quite as it seems, with the end result being a limp noodle that just sort of fizzles into nothing. The story does get resolved of course, but it is disappointing and rather anticlimatic.
The direction isn't terrible, but it seems like there's a lack of confidence or maybe that the material is good enough to hold things together. The script was adapted from a book, with the screenwriter responsible for both. Maybe the book is better, maybe not. It just feels like with the movie though that something (or a lot of things) may be missing, because when things lose foucs, they also stop making total sense.
The acting is good though. I like the cast, and they give decent performances. In fact, that's probably the only really decent thing at work here. It's just too bad that the material and the execution couldn't also be as strong. The film, despite it's problems, is just kind of average, and not a complete train wreck. Perhaps my bias towards the actors is affecting things, but this film really seems like it's just average compared to similar works, but not completely bad.
The acting in overall was one of the worst I've seen in a while. None of the actors can say that they did a good job.
The script was also a total underachievement. Some of the lamest monologues can be heard in this one.
I've never fastforwarded in a movie or skipped a chapter, cuz I think a movie is meant to be seen from start to finish, but I was so close to do it for the first time in my life.
If you're waiting for a boring 2 hours where annoyment is lurking just behind the dark corner... go for it.
VERDICT: Without a doubt, I recommend watching (however I'm not gonna send out recommendations for this film, in light of topical issues)
it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
its totally unpredictable because when u think one thing immediately the things happening on the movie makes you think different.
Great pair of actor , Julianne Moore and Samuel L. Jackson are excellent
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