Strong acting and weak directing leave erotic thriller with more fizzle than sizzle. I walked in hoping for something in the vein of Fatal Attraction. Unfortunately, halfway through the film, I found myself thinking about Poison Ivy. It was laughable, and it was supposed to be. Moore and Neeson deliver verite portrayals of the tensions that often arise in long-term relationships.
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Suspicious that's he's been frolicking in someone else's cornfield, Julianne Moore presses on-screen hubby Liam Neeson for an explanation on why he missed his flight home in "Chloe, " director Atom Egoyan's latest sexually charged exploration of a family in distress. Kind of like Egoyan's humorless film. It's neither a good movie nor a bad movie. It's just a movie. Considering all the names attached to the project -- including those of producer Ivan Reitman and executive producer Jason Reitman -- one can't help but think it should be more than that. But after getting off to a slow, drawn-out start, Egoyan's film a remake of Anne Fontaine's French-language "Nathalie" is only occasionally engaging and never quite embraceable.
As erotica, Chloe falls flat
Interesting, how "Chloe" is more hypnotic than erotic. That's what Atom Egoyan brings to the table when directing this type of artful-but-trashy soap opera. He lends an added dimension to scenes ripe for Skinemax, portraying sex as psychological as well as physical.
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