The Two Faces of January Reviews

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Disappointing as story doesn't really capture you and just leads on a wild goose chase. Kirsten is about the only excitement in the movie

    Disappointing as story doesn't really capture you and just leads on a wild goose chase. Kirsten is about the only excitement in the movie

  • Dec 26, 2018

    It is not a thriller, but a deep psychological drama. I don't say one has to be old enough to understand the tragedy behind it, rather mature. A mystery is not a point here at all. the real story is beyond the surface. I understand that most don't care or can to appreciate even obvious. But there are few that don't care about style or execution, the only substance that matters.

    It is not a thriller, but a deep psychological drama. I don't say one has to be old enough to understand the tragedy behind it, rather mature. A mystery is not a point here at all. the real story is beyond the surface. I understand that most don't care or can to appreciate even obvious. But there are few that don't care about style or execution, the only substance that matters.

  • Dec 25, 2018

    An Unexpected Detour. The Two Faces Of January Amini's mysterious yet one dimensional equation among his three dimensional characters is a calculative risk that works as a madhouse entertainment but is a hollow arthouse merchandise. This film-noir style espionage themed tale is a huge triumph on terms of its linearity and simplicity. Unfortunately, Amini is either unaware of this hidden gold or fails to milk it out in the narration. The adapted screenplay is tightly gripping and far away from being layered, the essence that deepens the gist of the tale in the book, is shucked out by fabricating it into a 60s style cutlery, hairstyle or fashioned clothes. The brief periods where the morale crisis of good and bad puts our characters into a signified breathtaking drama, is clearly scoffed out to match the pace and clock it at an early hour. Such an unreasonable hurried take on this complex tale ironically bites the makers back to them. The production has earned a cast of such high caliber and it pays off more than enough for them. Mortensen as a rotten millionaire is the ringmaster of this flipping circus, his drunken persona sobers up the film whenever it fumbles on storytelling. Another similar shady character of Isaac is a challenge to Mortensen, he manages to keep raising the bar till the last frame. Often or not, female character in such genre holds most of the cards, and holding onto all such uncertain maps Dunst is convincingly delivering to the tale. Personally, the first act felt much more enthralling to me than the second one, since the breakfast and dinner table conversations among these three characters keeps you at the brisk of your speculative emotion. The Two Faces Of January in the end turns out to be a familiar face, striking horn to horn on screen for power and emotions, it falls on mediocrity.

    An Unexpected Detour. The Two Faces Of January Amini's mysterious yet one dimensional equation among his three dimensional characters is a calculative risk that works as a madhouse entertainment but is a hollow arthouse merchandise. This film-noir style espionage themed tale is a huge triumph on terms of its linearity and simplicity. Unfortunately, Amini is either unaware of this hidden gold or fails to milk it out in the narration. The adapted screenplay is tightly gripping and far away from being layered, the essence that deepens the gist of the tale in the book, is shucked out by fabricating it into a 60s style cutlery, hairstyle or fashioned clothes. The brief periods where the morale crisis of good and bad puts our characters into a signified breathtaking drama, is clearly scoffed out to match the pace and clock it at an early hour. Such an unreasonable hurried take on this complex tale ironically bites the makers back to them. The production has earned a cast of such high caliber and it pays off more than enough for them. Mortensen as a rotten millionaire is the ringmaster of this flipping circus, his drunken persona sobers up the film whenever it fumbles on storytelling. Another similar shady character of Isaac is a challenge to Mortensen, he manages to keep raising the bar till the last frame. Often or not, female character in such genre holds most of the cards, and holding onto all such uncertain maps Dunst is convincingly delivering to the tale. Personally, the first act felt much more enthralling to me than the second one, since the breakfast and dinner table conversations among these three characters keeps you at the brisk of your speculative emotion. The Two Faces Of January in the end turns out to be a familiar face, striking horn to horn on screen for power and emotions, it falls on mediocrity.

  • Jul 16, 2018

    Solid Highsmith adaptation with a touch of Hitchcock, nice settings and a good cast for the complicated mindgame play.

    Solid Highsmith adaptation with a touch of Hitchcock, nice settings and a good cast for the complicated mindgame play.

  • Jun 23, 2018

    This movie is near perfect.

    This movie is near perfect.

  • May 23, 2018

    Das Wunderbare an dem Film sind genau zwei Dinge: Viggo Mortensens wieder einmal hervorragendes Schauspiel und die großartigen Landschaftsaufnahmen, die wieder Sehnsucht nach der mediterranen Exotik Griechenlands in der Mitte des vergangenen Jahrhunderts machen, welche in Zeiten des Massentourismusses unwiederbringlich verloren sind. Den Roman von Patricia Highsmith kenne ich nicht, hoffe jedoch, dass er nicht diesselben Längen beinhaltet, die mich den Film bisweilen stoppen ließen.

    Das Wunderbare an dem Film sind genau zwei Dinge: Viggo Mortensens wieder einmal hervorragendes Schauspiel und die großartigen Landschaftsaufnahmen, die wieder Sehnsucht nach der mediterranen Exotik Griechenlands in der Mitte des vergangenen Jahrhunderts machen, welche in Zeiten des Massentourismusses unwiederbringlich verloren sind. Den Roman von Patricia Highsmith kenne ich nicht, hoffe jedoch, dass er nicht diesselben Längen beinhaltet, die mich den Film bisweilen stoppen ließen.

  • Jens S Super Reviewer
    Jan 31, 2018

    Elegantly filmed and well acted Patricia Highsmith adaptation with a great chemistry between the characters and pretty images of Greece. The big shocker happens already in the middle of the film, from there on out it's still interesting to see where all this is going, but never nail-biting intense. The result is overall still pretty satisfying thanks to the actors.

    Elegantly filmed and well acted Patricia Highsmith adaptation with a great chemistry between the characters and pretty images of Greece. The big shocker happens already in the middle of the film, from there on out it's still interesting to see where all this is going, but never nail-biting intense. The result is overall still pretty satisfying thanks to the actors.

  • Nov 08, 2017

    Intriguing and tragic tale. The tension is palpable at every step once the truth is exposed. The narrative would have been greatly improved if subtitles had been used to let us immerse ourselves in all the suspense.

    Intriguing and tragic tale. The tension is palpable at every step once the truth is exposed. The narrative would have been greatly improved if subtitles had been used to let us immerse ourselves in all the suspense.

  • Sep 13, 2017

    Two American con-men try to out maneuver each other in Greece as they run from the police and vy for the affections of the wife of one of them. Death seems to follow them and tie them inextricably together. The men begrudgingly respect each other as they realize how much alike they are.The story is decent, but the pace is too slow for me.

    Two American con-men try to out maneuver each other in Greece as they run from the police and vy for the affections of the wife of one of them. Death seems to follow them and tie them inextricably together. The men begrudgingly respect each other as they realize how much alike they are.The story is decent, but the pace is too slow for me.

  • Sep 09, 2017

    Very average. I finished it in the hopes that something interesting would happen at the end, but I was sadly disappointed.

    Very average. I finished it in the hopes that something interesting would happen at the end, but I was sadly disappointed.