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3 1/2 stars: "CHLOE" works despite the obvoius flaws and comes out an engaging potboiler.......

  • Apr 26, 2010

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 have alluring femme fatale  characters that try to seduce and kill and assert there power  over men  how theses beautiful and dangerous women and easily manipulate and control  the men that are either after them or  desire them. Theses type of films can go one of two ways 1. down the road of complete and utter absurdity and rampant sexuality(Basic Instinct, Lolita)   that don't have a shred of intelligence and only serve the purpose of giving audiences some good sex scenes and nothing much else. On the other hand, the film can balance brains and sex to coherently   tell an intelligent story of love, desire and family social angst (Fatal Attraction, Unfaithful, Eyes wide Shut) to make the film more than about sex. It’s more about the complications of begin unfaithful or how sometimes the desire or simple thought of begin with someone else or wanting someone can destroy your life. Atom Egoyan's tempting and beautifully photographed story of how one woman’s (Julianne Moore) suspicion takes her to a very dark place that will change her life forever.



Atom Egoyan's potboiler of a drama "CHLOE” succeeds despite the morbid pace of this film how it succeeds all depends on the actors and their performances. If there, performances are flat, the film is flat and while the performances in this film are not Oscar worthy, they certainly are better than the usual that come out of this genre. It's an above average erotic thriller  seeing as it is more of a drama than an erotic thriller  and that is what makes this film   an actually film instead of an  1hr. 36 min sex scene  which to  me  is nothing to sneeze at. What I liked about this film was the character they were all grayed instead of black and white. You knew there motives you know   what has happened but you do not know exactly if it's true and there is where the films main strength lies and also one of the main points of the plot and story. You can derive a conclusion but then in the end, when the big reveal, you realize you only got fish. "CHLOE” may not be perfect and it certainly has its moments where it falters in the end this film won't let you down even it may seem   that it does. 



I am not lying to you when I say that this film is complete and utter guilty pleasure entertainment with some very handsomely written dialogue and amazing cinematography that pull this film all together and with keen direction from Atom Egoyan "CHLOE" does not fail.



Julianne Moore  has done so much better than "Chloe"  but I will give her the benefit of the doubt and say this in her favor  Moore wasn't  bad, she wasn't great  but she wasn't bad  and that for what it is something spectacular. Moore has had a good role in a while and in "CHLOE” she shows that she can return back to the days when she laid on the powerful performances that were Oscar worthy. Certainly her performance in "CHLOE" is nowhere near being worthy of an award but for what it is good enough for me to say that she did a fine job. Liam Neeson never really fails you  but lately he has been releasing a string of films that are less than  good  his performance is almost unnecessary he doesn't fit the part at all  he is just droning along at an uneven pace, Neeson just comes off as an eyesore in this picture  with his distant performance. The best performance in the entire film comes from someone you would count out as being good, Amanda Seyfried, she gives such an unsettling and haunted performance that this film could   survive solely on her if it wanted to. But sadly even though the film is called "CHLOE" she is playing second fiddle to Neeson and Moore  being there just as something to look good when in reality she could have been so much more instead of being just the face of the film and nothing more, Seyfried is massively overlooked but amazingly still shines.



"CHLOE" may not impress many and others may overlook this film due to its premise and dismiss it as something they have seen before and while yes this has been done once or maybe twice or hell maybe ten times before. The only thing that keeps "CHLOE" fresh and stylish is the great script, keen direction and solid performances from the main cast. Without those things, "CHLOE" would sink under its own premise but it is good enough on it’s own to be called flawed but worthy.    

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April 26, 2010
I am such a fan of Siegfried so this is definitely under my radar. I will see this real soon! Thanks for the review.
April 26, 2010
No problem. And you should really give it a view it's actually pretty good much better than I thought.
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Quick Tip by . April 12, 2011
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. 
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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 …
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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 …
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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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