Chloe – Review (Spoiler Free)

Chloe Movie PosterThis sexual thriller may lack tension at points, but it has a strong central cast in Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried who all give good performances, it has an engaging script that explores desire in an interesting way, and has solid direction from Atom Egoyan. Moore plays a woman who suspects her husband (Neeson) of cheating on her whilst he is away. In order to confirm or deny her suspicions she hires a call girl (Seyfried), and from there onwards isolation, doubt, and desire all become entangled as events begin to run away from her faster than she can control.

This is Julianne Moore’s film. Neeson is good when he is required, but ultimately he doesn’t have all that much to do here. Seyfried tackles a role that’s pretty different for her, and she does a good job, but it’s Moore who is put front and center in this film and she predictably meets every acting challenge that is thrown at her. Although this isn’t one of her greatest performances, it definitely meets the expected high standard.

The film does loose its way as it progresses, and correspondingly it starts to feel more and more generic and even slightly flat. But there is enough here to keep you entertained, and the performances do a hell of a lot to help this one through to the end of its running time.  It’s not recommended by me, but then it’s not something that I would suggest you actively avoid either. See it if you’re a fan of either Moore or Seyfried, otherwise perhaps skip it.

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17 comments

  1. I actually thought this movie was really good up until the final act, when it completely flies off the rails and becomes cliched. 😦 You’re 100% right. It loses its way and becomes generic. Thats a good way to put it.

    1. It flies right of those rails and into B Movie territory doesn’t it 😦

  2. theipc · · Reply

    I’ve been wanting to see this but it’s really only for one reason – LOL – still haven’t : )

    1. I’m not going to lie, that reason certainly helped push this one up a few place in my ‘to watch’ pile!

  3. Nice review. Ithink I’ll skip this one, though.

    1. Thanks, yeah it is skip-able even though Moore is pretty good here.

  4. I agree on everything. Literally.

    1. Haha, that’s good to hear! It’s a shame this one couldn’t have been just that little bit better isn’t it?|
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. […] finally, Mr Rumsey saw Chloe and though I saw it years ago, I still remember it well – and agree on everything he […]

  6. Good review Rumsey. Seyfried was great in this, but the story couldn’t really help her be more then just a plot-contrivance made for young, sexy starlets like her.

    1. Cheers. She was good here (although I still think that Moore was the standout), you’re right that the plot didn’t give her all that much to work with, but she made the best of the job. She impressed me here I have to say.

  7. I’ve never seen this, not sure I want to anymore. 😛

    1. Haha, yeah it isn’t anything special I’m afraid.

  8. I remember coming into this really wanting to like it, but it just felt short of its potential. Also, on the dvd of this there are 2 deleted scenes that i think should have been kept in. Without spoiling anything, those 2 scenes contain a lot of background info on certain characters that help explain there actions, and imo would have made the film a lot better.

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      I just looked around online for those two scenes and you’re right they do add quite a bit to the film. Thanks for making me aware of them 😀 They make the way events play out just that little but more disturbing and effective as well.

  9. Natalie P · · Reply

    Interesting review, I probably won’t watch this one! 🙂

    1. Thanks Natalie, yep I think your probably making the right decision there!

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