Christine (Rachel McAdams) is hungry for a promotion to the company's New York headquarters and will do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means stabbing her colleague, Isabel (Noomi Rapace) in the back. In retaliation, Isabel begins a passionate affair with her boss's husband (Paul Anderson). But she underestimates her rival's taste for revenge as she sparks a violent chain of events that leaves her fearing for her life...
Deeply flawed twisty thriller
- Passion review by TJ
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Passion contains the usual Brian De Palma themes - long tracking shots, lots of POV, split-screen and a twisty, suspense thriller - it certainly looks great too, particularly the noir-style blue hue scenes. Unfortunately the acting here is a little hammy, particularly from Paul Anderson, and the plot struggles through some rather awkward, clunky developments. The other big problem is we simply don't know enough about the characters to justify their decisions or behaviour at times.
Once Passion gets going however, it's a decent, though heavily flawed, who-done-it, but if you're a fan of De Palma, or of these kinds of films, I would recommend Raising Cain instead, with John Lithgow. Even the biggest De Palma fan will be underwhelmed here.