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Sex Without the Thrill

  • Mar 31, 2010
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Written by Erin Cresside Wilson
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried

Catherine Stewart: I don’t know whether I should be relieved or just go hang myself.

Atom Egoyan is one of Canada’s most celebrated auteur filmmakers but you would never know it from watching his latest, CHLOE.  I thought the hyper-sexualized erotic thriller went out in the ‘90’s but Egoyan seems bent on bringing it back with this remake of the 2004 Anne Fontaine (COCO AVANT CHANEL) film, NATHALIE.  He also seems bent on proving that Toronto, where the film takes place, is just as stylish as New York City, but he may just end up ruining his reputation for being talented and insightful at the same time.

Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) is the first person we meet.  She is pulling up her stockings,  presumably getting dressed after an intimate encounter, or on her way to one, from the look of her under garments.  She thinks to herself about how much attention must be paid to detail in her line of work. As she continues on about sexual needs and how to anticipate them, it becomes explicitly clear what line of work that really is.  The words that come out of her mouth are sharp and meant to be shocking. Only we’ve met this girl plenty of times already and she has nothing new to say.  She’s just pretty when she says it.

We next meet Catherine and David Stewart (Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson).  They are a well-to-do couple who have been together for many years and have an adolescent son living with them. They are surrounded by excess and yet she’s miserable and he doesn’t care.  She suspects he’s having an affair; he flirts shamelessly in front of her.  They can’t even work together when it comes to dealing with their own son.  It should be no surprise then that instead of confronting her husband when she suspects him of having an affair that she hires a prostitute to trap him so that she can know for a fact.  Enter Chloe and exit all sense of suspense and surprise.

Let alone that rich, white people bringing problems upon themselves is hardly something an audience can sympathize with, Egoyan is also overtly obvious with all of his other intentions as well. I understand that he wants to open the discussion about sexual politics and the increasing disconnected nature of our modern society but I don’t need scene after scene of Seyfried talking dirty to Moore about her husband or a breakup on web cam to get those points.  And while Seyfried does her best to remain hauntingly distant and neutral throughout to mask her deep-rooted emotional issues, it is still pretty clear every step of the way what is coming next.  CHLOE is a thriller without any thrills, sexual or otherwise.  Toronto looks good though.

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May 13, 2010
Ok, this doesn't sound that good but I have to admit I'll probably give this a rent because of the lead actress. Thanks for the review!
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Quick Tip by . April 12, 2011
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Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore get it on. Seriously, it's soft porn with the plot of an above-average soft porn, though you do have to dredge through two ridiculous hours until "that scene". I haven't been this embarrassed for Liam Neeson since watching Darkman. 
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2010
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Strained relationship...
A terrific erotically charged psychological thriller in which a married woman hires a prostitute to approach her husband in an attempt to find out if he's been unfaithful. Of course things don't go as planned as the prostitute reports back the events that have occurred and falls in love with the man's wife. The film features an impressive cast lead by Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, and Liam Neeson, all of which give compelling performances. I particularly liked the ambiguity of the …
review by . July 15, 2010
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Atom Egoyan ('The Sweet Hereafter', 'Ararat', 'Where the Truth Lies') has a gift for setting up cinematic surveillance of private encounters and studying the results of an incident on everyone witnessing it. In CHLOE he has engaged the services of Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt the French film NATHALIE by Anne Fontaine to place it on this side of the pond. In the French version the successful actors were Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, and Gérard Depardieu: for this version Egoyan has an equally …
review by . April 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I've seen many films   just like or similar to Atom Egoyan's  "CHLOE"  I can name  a  few right off the top of my head: "Fatal Attraction"(1987),  "9 1/2 Weeks"(1986), "Indecent Proposal"(1993), "Lolita(1997), "Disclosure"(1994). In addition, one of the most infamous of the erotic thriller genre "Basic Instinct"(1992), now I ask you what all these films have in common. Simple  they all …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I liked this movie what a twisting plot you just never knew what was going to happen in this a very sexy movie
Quick Tip by . April 26, 2010
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A flawed film that works so much better than you could imagine but does falter and then amazingly picks itself right back up again.
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In the erotic thriller, Chloe, Dr. Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore,A Single Man) suspects that her husband David (Liam Neeson,Taken) is cheating on her. So she hires an escort named Chloe (Amanda Seyfried,Mamma Mia!) to offer herself to him, to see how he responds--but Catherine has a surprising response to what unfolds, and Chloe becomes drawn deeply into the doctor's life.Chloe is an atypical "Hollywood" film from Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter,Exotica), as it features big stars, a script Egoyan didn't write himself (it's by Erin Cressida Wilson, the screenwriter of Secretary), an editing rhythm notably less idiosyncratic than Egoyan films of old, and an ending that feels forced and unsatisfying. But Chloe explores classic Egoyan obsessions: voyeurism, jealousy, and betrayal. As the movie unfolds, the performances are full of rich details, capturing jagged emotional edges that make the somewhat-implausible plot compelling. Chloe doesn't have the uncanny psychological acuity of Egoyan's best films, but anyone who's enjoyed this unique director's earlier work will find much to enjoy.--Bret Fetzer

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Director: Atom Egoyan
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 25 February 2010 (South Korea)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
Runtime: 96 min
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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