I don’t usually care much for the so-called “erotic thriller”. I find that most attempts to combine these two very different types of imagery tend to be slow and disjointed. Even when the “thrilling” scenes are done right they seem so far removed from the eroticism, and the two themes end up being noticeably separated by dull, though certainly artful, pauses.
That being said, I saw Chloe today.
I’d like to say that I was drawn to the film simply because of the mixed reviews. In fact, I do tend to seek out films that cause noticeable critical disagreement – there’s just something uninspiring about seeing a movie that everyone agrees is good.
But in this case, truly, I was just curious about the love scene between Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore. There, I said it. Let’s move on.
Over all, the film was enjoyable. Yes, of course the eroticism was definitely effective, but it was actually the tension between Seyfried and Moore that really won me over. Their characters spend quite a bit of the film in awkward conversation, and that awkwardness is palpable.
My only real complaint is that you see the “big twist” coming a mile away. But in the end, being able to predict the tragic mistake doesn’t detract from its impact at all.
Bottom line: this one is definitely worth seeing.
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