Excerpt: I wouldn’t really say that I’ve been a fan of Amanda Seyfried for years. I noticed her in “Mean Girls” a few years ago and in one of my favorite films of recent “Alpha Dog”, but what really raised my brow was her performance in “Mama Mia!” I won’t say that Seyfried is the best actress out there because, well, she’s not. However, she’s certainly in demand and “Chloe” is just one of nearly a half a dozen films that she’s starred in over the past couple of years.
Excerpt: Hometown boy Atom Egoyan hasn't world premiered one of his film in Toronto in 25 years, back when his debut Next of Kin launched one of Canadian cinema's most illustrious (if spotty) careers in 1984. So it's fitting and truly refreshing that his return home Sunday for Chloe also represented a return to form -- an engrossing, suspenseful, brilliantly acted melodrama loaded with surprises and risks.
Excerpt: Chloe , Atom Egoyan's ripe, psychosexual minuet, poses the infidelity thriller's founding question -- Who am I married to? -- only to leave it to molder, a red herring at last. Even its opening monologue, in which the title character, an upscale call girl played by Amanda Seyfried, makes a compelling case for her market value, is a bit of a feint: this is not a film about what men want, or why they cheat, although the gauzy boudoir shots of Seyfried snapping into her La...
Excerpt: Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore) suspects her college professor husband David (Liam Neeson) has been cheating on her by sleeping with his students, so she hires a pretty young escort named Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) to try and seduce him to see if he falls to her sways. What Catherine gets instead is a tangled web of deceit as Chloe has her own plans for the couple.
Conclusion: It's a nice exercise to imagine the films Atom Egoyan might create were he to become a top-flight, high-paid director of big-budget studio films, but then reality sets in: why mess with a great thing? He's proven himself so capable in his niche -- small budget, independent-minded, and complexly-woven and precisely-assembled pictures on both visual and psychological levels -- that it would be almost criminal to ask him to be anything more, to do anything else, to ask him...
Conclusion: In a way 'Chloe' feels confused, and a bit muddled, but I think that was Egoyan's intention. We're not supposed to know why Chloe does the things she does. She has a power over people that can't be quantified or explained. It's somewhat eerie. Yes there is a love scene between Moore and Seyfried, which some people are very excited to see, but there's something about this movie that rises above famous girl-on-girl action. It's haunting, and thrilling to watch.
Excerpt: The Film When a wife hires a prostitute to seduce her possibly straying husband, she is the one who actually becomes seduced in Chloe, now available on Blu-ray. The Atom Egoyan film remade from the 2004 French erotic thriller Nathalie brings the plotline to the Canadian city of Toronto, but despite the location, the sexual tension is so high it plays like a fiddle.
Excerpt: It’s fun to see robots blowing each other up, get a cheap scare from a horror movie or a good laugh out of a comedy, but no sensation can compare to that of a dissonant drama with the power to feel real. Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried provide Erin Cressida Wilson’s script with an intense breath of authenticity guaranteeing you feel the pain inflicted upon their characters by the plot’s extreme circumstances.