Rent The Two Faces of January (2014)

3.0 of 5 from 518 ratings
1h 33min
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Synopsis:
The charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) are in Athens during a European vacation. Whilst sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. But, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands as Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, events take a more sinister turn and he finds himself compromised and unable to pull free...
Actors:
, , , , Babis Chatzidakis, , Pat Hillard, Ozan Tas, , , , George Tzoganidis, Ioannis Vordos, Panagiota Stavrakaki, , Nikos Makkas, Filippos Filoglou, Xemio Mastrandonakis, Michalis Mastrandanakis, Stavros Tsaltoumis
Directors:
Producers:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Tom Sternberg
Writers:
Hossein Amini, Patricia Highsmith
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/09/2014
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/09/2014
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • A Twist on the Classic Thriller
  • Shooting the Odyssey Featurette
  • Travelling in Style Featurette
  • Interviews with Director Hossein Amini, Actors Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Feature Storyboards

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Reviews (7) of The Two Faces of January

Not as talented as Mr Ripley. - The Two Faces of January review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
22/02/2016

Handsome, touristic (set in Greece), leisurely psychological thriller is well acted and well set up, but suffers for lack of an interesting conclusion. Good for enthusiasts of Patricia Highsmith. Better watch the similar Plein Soleil with Alain Delon.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

I'm never going to get that time back - The Two Faces of January review by CLK

Spoiler Alert
24/10/2014

I've no idea what happened, what the story was (I don't think there was one), the acting was terrible (particularly the female), and I am never going to get that two hours back. I am quite cross.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Snoozefest!!! - The Two Faces of January review by ND

Spoiler Alert
29/10/2014

Beautifully shot, non offensive acting, but oh my god, what a bore!!!! Don't know how it ended because we switched it off. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

The Two Faces of January review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

There have been many great thrillers, thrillers that can be sung about from the rooftops for their breakneck pace or their killer storytelling. Then there are thrillers that plod along like they have seemingly forgotten what the point of a thriller was. Here is a helpful hint for all those filmmakers, the feeling of a thriller is in the title. Clearly someone should teach the director of The Two Faces of January how to at least read before they put a camera in front of him.

The film follows married couple Collette (Kirsten Dunst) and Chester (Viggo Mortensen) as they travel abroad and find themselves in the company of Rydal (Oscar Isaac) and the three form an unusual bond as they find themselves on the run when they are all implicated in the murder of a private investigator and must flee for their lives as the three have to decide which of them actually carried out the heinous crime and for what purpose.

The film has a decent mystery at the heart of it but by the end when you are looking forward to a grand revelation you are so fatigued by the films events that you hardly care. Not only does the film concentrate so heavily on the psychological aspects that it forgets that at the heart of this story are actual characters and real stakes so much so that while certain scenes should be concentrating on the idea that one of these people is a murderer they find themselves psychoanalysing each other.

The whole thing doesn’t quite gel, the cast is excellent and some of the script shines with ambiguity but there are many moments where you will be scratching your head and thinking about why they did it. While you might find some interest in the overthinking, under rationalised story its hard not to think of The Fugitive and wonder how the creators got so far away from the films thriller-esque plot beginnings.

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