Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe”: Review

Not-so-thrilling thriller

Spoiler alert.

Atom Egoyan’s Chloe is a remake of a French film, Nathalie. It boasts an impressive resume of acting talent, including Liam Neeson as the husband, a professor, and Julianne Moore as the wife, a gynecologist.

The wife thinks that she is being cheated on, and hires a prositute (the titular Chloe, played by Amanda Seyfried) to tempt him and report back.

The film’s central conceit, that the husband is indeed cheating, is never quite believable. His crimes are: missing a flight, taking a picture with a student, and IMing someone.

So when Chloe says she so easily seduced the husband into cheating, it’s not really logical. The twist that she was making it up all along is actually quite predictable.

There is some weird, forced “sexual tension” between Chloe and the wife, which is mostly made up of Chloe recounting her sexual encounters with the husband. The wife is turned on by this. I am not- I really am bored and would rather not hear it for about 5 minutes.

Finally, Chloe’s master plan is revealed: ah, she wanted to sleep with the wife all along. First off, that’s a crazy, convoluted plot that shouldn’t work. But it works perfectly, and we are treated to a lesbian scene. Why not, I suppose.

Finally, the wife and husband find out about Chloe’s lies and tell her to shove it, and Chloe decides to seduce the couple’s son into having sex in his parents’ bedroom. They then fall asleep (for whatever reason) and the mom catches them (obviously).

The ending is too predictable, as Chloe accidentally plummets to her death. It’s almost the only way out by this point.

The film is shot well and it’s perhaps a credit to the actors that the movie never seems to fall to soap opera levels. Overall, it’s too predictable to be thrilling, and too cheap to be deep.


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