Monday, May 26, 2014

The Two Faces of January

Director: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst

A Hitchcock type thriller set in the Mediterranean in the 60s and based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Glamorous American couple Chester and Colette MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) are on holiday by the Acropolis and bump into a small-time hustler and tour guide Rydal (Oscar Isaac). Rydal sees a wealthy mark and offers them a private tour confident he can skim a little extra off the top from such sophisticated yet seemingly naïve tourists. But is all as it seems? Transpires the suave Chester is himself a major criminal and when he kills the private investigator who is tracking them they must flee and use the unsuspecting Rydal to good effect. The trio board a ferry to Crete to escape the hue and cry but when Rydal finds himself smitten with Colette jealousy and paranoia set the characters on a collision course. If only the drama matched the cinematography this would be a wonderful movie. Sadly it does not and what you see is not a Hitchcock masterpiece.

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