Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chloe (2009)

Chloe is a steamy little tale about a distressed woman (Julianne Moore) who hires a strange prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce her husband (Liam Neeson) in order to prove that he's unfaithful to her.

What it actually seems to focus on is how weird Seyfried's eyes can look with various lighting and camera angles.

But aside from the strange choice in camera angles on that particular actress, the story is solid if not a touch predictable. Okay, maybe a little too predictable. It has a great deal of erotic elements and sexual tension, particularly between the two female leads, but it also veers off sharply into a "crazy other woman" story and ends in exactly the same way as at least four other films in the same vein. I'm actually beginning to wonder if there is an unwritten Hollywood rule about the proper disposal of jilted other women in films.

The performances were good, but not the best I've seen out of any of them. the characters seemed to be a bit stiff, even in situations where you would expect them to go absolutely ballistic. It felt like it was trying to go dark and disturbing at some points, but then hid behind those aforementioned strange camera angles on Seyfried. (I know I keep going back to that, but it was very distracting.)

Not a bad film altogether, but also not one I'd be interested in watching again.

Info on IMDB: Clhoe

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