Friday, 26 March 2010


Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore as Chloe and Catherine

Dir: Atom Egoyan (Adoration, The Sweet Hereafter)
Cast: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Max Thieroit, Nina Dobrev
Canada/USA/France, 2010

Reason to see: Atom Egoyan films are always must sees in my book

Atom Egoyan's latest film brings us a suspense thriller based centred on how much we trust the ones we love. Playing with questions like: How far would you go? What kind of role would you take to find out more. An active one? A passive one? Would you bring others into the mix on this ... exploration? is a fascinating place to begin. We begin alongside Catherine, played by Julianne Moore, who ponders these questions while questioning her husband David's (Liam Neeson) fidelity.

Julianne Moore is fantastic as Catherine, pairing emotional fragility with a strong desire for the truth. It's a great character which brings the suspicious wife idea to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries to search for the truth. We also have a stunning turn for Amanda Seyfried whom carries the sexy title role with maturity and grace, she's charismatic and mysterious and pulls us right into the screen. I was very impressed with this transition to a more adult role, though there were just a few moments where I was slightly confused and something felt a little off. But, she was great the vast majority of the time. Liam Neeson delivers a perfect performance as the husband David. I also have to say that it's a refreshing to see film that although it's about the relationships, it's predominately focused on the female characters, and in essence the guy is literally 'the husband'.

I enjoyed the tone of Chloe, a lot. The tension is held very well giving it the perfect current for the thriller aspect of the film, keeping the the viewers curiosity level engaged at all times. The balance of intrigue and emotion keep the film driving forward at all times. The suspense is played very well, and I know that I'm already curious to watch it a second time round.

I loved seeing it set so clearly in Toronto, and I'm sure fellow Torontonians will appreciate the setting as much as I did. From Cafe Diplimatico to Allen Gardens to Yorkville we get to see many of the great downtown spots of our city. It's fun to pick out all the familiar places and ponder where others could be.

Overall I found it to be a strong drama-based thriller with very interesting and unique characters brought to life with intensity from the lead actors. My emotions as well as curiosity & mind were engaged throughout the entire film.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again
I'd recommend it to fans of drama-based thrillers

See also: Chloe DVD Review

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© Shannon Ridler, 2010

Liam Neeson in CHLOE, Courtesy of E1 Entertainment

Amanda Seyfried as Chloe, Courtesy of E1 Entertainment


spidey_zombie said...

I saw it at TIFF and Atom was there and did an amazing Q&A. I loved this movie and was only a little disappointed when Atom said it was a remake of a French film.

I loved the performances of everyone from Amanda Seyfried to Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Max Thieriot as the son of David and Catherine. Like all of Atom Egoyan, this film was brilliant shot all around Toronto and was nice to see the movie set in Toronto. The opening sequence with David Stewart (Liam Neeson) being away on a business trip but suppose to be returning to Toronto, showing that Toronto is just another major city in the Eastern part of North America.

This movie could be called a dark drama, or an examination of relationships but in my opinion it is just a slice of life and what happens when we give into our emotions and insecurities and we all do this. This movie is not for everyone and has a very good ending that in today’s world of packaged and spoon fed world stands on its own. There is part of me that thinks of it as a messed up but touching love story.

This is Atom Egoyan at his darkest and best in my humble opinion since Felicia’s Journey and this movie will transform Amanda Seyfried from the cute girl roles to being a serious actress. Atom Egoyan has the gift of being able to pull performances of actors that become career defining moments and he has done that again. I can see some time in the next 10 years the Academy rewarding Atom and then the rest or world will know what a good majority of Canadian film lovers know that Atom Egoyan is a director who has been making great movies for years.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I would have loved to see a Q&A for this film, ironically the last Q&A I saw was when at Canada's Top Ten last year for Adoration during the filming of Chloe.

There is an interesting slice of life quality to the film, a very dark slice of life.

It's certainly the most out of the box performance by Amanda Seyfried, it's darker. I wasn't convinced the entire time, but I'm sure we'll continue to see more of her in the future.

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