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The Two Faces of January
26 September 2014
Excerpt: He's penned the adapted screenplays for period romances like The Wings of the Dove and The Four Feathers , as well as the blood-splattered love story Drive . Now, admired screenwriter Hossein Amini adds director to his credentials with The Two Faces of January , a thriller that starts strong, but finishes sloppy. Like The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train before it, The Two Faces of January is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel.
Excerpt: The Two Faces of January , based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, is a superbly acted and sporadically intriguing thriller, yet it has a difficult time locating more stringent meaning and significance beyond its outward narrative of duplicitous actions and veiled motivations. Set in 1962 Athens, the film opens on Rydal (Oscar Isaac), an American tour guide whose year-long stay in Greece seems to have consisted mostly of leading groups of slender young women around the...
Conclusion: A handsome, engrossing and classy, if not classic, throwback thriller. Not quite as complex – or ultimately cold-hearted - as author Highsmith’s Ripley tales but it’s an admirable debut for writer-director Hossein Amini with a standout cast, notably Viggo Mortensen and the talented Oscar Isaac.
Pros: Great performances from the three lead actors, Intriguing cat-and-mouse mind games, Glamorous locations and classy filmmaking
Cons: Story a little low-key compared to other Hitchcockian or Highsmith-adapted movies, Dunst’s character a bit neglected
Excerpt: A drama that unfolds while holidaying in the Mediterranean, this sophisticated thriller delivers on tension and keeps you guessing about the plot. Apparently everyone has two faces and a cool linen suit, but there's nothing too high-tech or fantastic; it is all credible and the elements combine to seduce. The absence of gimmicks means you can imagine yourself in right the picture. Bring on the rest of the year.
Summary: Crime writer Patricia Highsmith’s work has lent itself to several notable cinematic adaptations, and two of the best-known - Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train , Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley - are both masterclass examples of the thriller genre. Unlikely to join their esteemed company is The Two Faces of January , the latest Highsmith novel to hit the big screen.
Summary: The Two Faces of January is een heerlijke thriller die de sfeer van de jaren ’60 prima weet weer te geven. Daarnaast maakt vooral Viggo Mortensen indruk als de onberekenbare Chester en overtuigt ook Oscar Isaac als de kleine oplichter Rydal. Regisseur Hossein Amini weet daarnaast het tempo er goed in te houden waardoor de film van begin tot eind weet te boeien.