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Feature 6.5
Video 7.5
Audio 7.5
Special Features 6.0
Total 6.8
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer: Samuel Parks

6.8


Chloe

Chloe, the psychological, sexual thriller by Atom Egoyan is an underrated film that didnít achieve the commercial success one would expect of a film of this quality. While it isnít a perfect film it is an interesting and original, well acted, thriller.

The film revolves around Catherineís (Julianne Moore) belief that her husband David (Liam Neeson) is having an affair and so she sets out to find the truth. This is where Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) comes into the story, an escort paid by Catherine to attempt to seduce David. Initially this film feels like any other thriller, but then it develops into something far more interesting. You may think you know where this film is going but youíll probably be wrong.

Catherine is a woman who feels invisible and Moore perfectly captures the feelings of inadequacy that lead the fatal ending. The director, Egoyan, whose previous films include Erotica, is skilled at depicting sexuality and he has two women, both good actors, who are at different stages of their lives and their sexuality. Like very few films out of Hollywood it allows an older woman to be sexual, toying with the idea that society has that after a certain age women become invisible.

Ultimately this film is well made but it falls flat in terms of the set design, which feels like a set rather than a real lived in house, and the ending of the film. The sudden resolution of the film without any guidance for the audience about what they should take away from it is more than likely the reason that it wasnít as successful as it could have been.

For this reason the special features section adds something to the audiences understanding of the film. While it does only have a few deleted scenes and some alternate endings and it was because of these that I was able to discern something a little deeper about the film that Egoyan was trying to say.

Whether you are looking for an easy thriller film to watch or a more in depth look at the sexuality of women and their role in society you will find something to enjoy in this film. For everyone else simply spend the 92 minutes enjoying the depiction of beautiful bodies Egoyan so artfully presents to the audience.






 
 



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