Passion (2012) Review

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Plot:

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.

Well, this is going to be a doozy to review; on one hand I’m glad Brian DePalma is making movies again, on the other hand I’m quite irritated that this is the best he could come up with. Really Brian? I mean, you had/have arguably one of the finest, most successful careers and this is the type of movie you start back on the track with? Dammit.

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As far as performances go, Rachel McAdams’s performance as the ice-queen, manipulative boss character, along with Noomi Rapace’s performance as the mousy character in which Rachel’s character takes all her aggression and jealousy out on practically save this movie. I’ve enjoyed watching Rachael for a bit now, this being her finest performance to date, but I am just now admittedly warming up to Noomi Rapace; not that I don’t enjoy her work, her performance was pretty good in this film, and she was incredibly brilliant in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, I just haven’t seen too much from her yet, though I only heard about her two-and-a-half years ago.

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Brian DePalma, one of my favorite filmmakers ever, wrote and directed this film, a remake of a French thriller entitled “Love Crime”. And that’s the main reason I wanted to see this movie, for his signature brand of slowly-built suspense. Did he do that here? Yes, infact that was the only other reason why this film didn’t COMPLETELY fail. And I say that with ease. The suspense was of course slowly built over time, leading up to a dud of a climax. He spent way too much time working on the visual style and suspense of this movie that he apparently completely forgot to write a script that made sense. Parts of this movie actually worked, however just about every other scene starting at the middle of the movie made practically no sense. And I was following the plot as patiently as I could, but I gotta say the last scenes of this movie threw twists and turns randomly, some good, but they mostly made no sense at all. I was hoping with an interesting story like this that the writing would be at least slightly intelligent, but I am sad to say it was confusing and derivative to say the least.

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In conclusion, “Passion” could’ve been a hell of a thriller, and I enjoyed Noomi’s and Rachel’s performances thoroughly, but this movie turned out to be a movie with too many twists that made no sense, and a movie that was derivatively sequenced. I wish this movie was better, because I know that Brian DePalma can do way way way better movies than this now. I hope his next film at least makes sense.

My Rating: 5/10

Thanks for Reading!

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