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by Tony Medley
If this had been shown to
Irving Thalberg, head of production at MGM in the ‘20s and ‘30s, he
would have rejected it and told director Marc Langenegger and writer
Mark Bomback, “Despite a good start, you can do better. Go back and get
rid of the obvious plot holes. Don’t make protagonist Jonathan McQuarry
(Ewan McGregor) so naïve and stupid throughout the movie but have him
come up like Matthew Bourne at the end. And, speaking of the ending,
change it completely. As it is, it destroys what you have built before.”
I couldn’t have said it
better, Irving. While doing an audit at a lawfirm Jonathan is befriended
by Wyatt Bose (Hugh Jackman). When Wyatt is called to London on
business, he leaves his cell phone behind and Jonathan mistakenly picks
it up, thinking it to be his. Suddenly Jonathan is aswirl in a sex club
and things plummet for him after he falls for one of the girls, S
(Michelle Williams). Then Wyatt turns out not to be what he appears
Well anyone can see what’s
coming, but McGregor and Jackman, especially Jackman, give good
performances, and the cinematography (Dante Spinotti) creates
appropriate tension. Spinotti, incidentally, also appears in the film.
The film isn’t worthy of what Jackman, McGregor, and Spinotti
I was actually enjoying
this until about 2/3 of the way through, when it looks as if Langenegger
and Bomback just wanted to get it over with. It reminded me of a Mamet
film, pretty good for awhile, but nobody knew how to end it.
I agree with Irving. The
ending is not only unsatisfying, it is worse than ludicrous.