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The Other Man [Blu-ray] (2008)

Liam Neeson , Antonio Banderas , Richard Eyre  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, Laura Linney, Romola Garai, Abigail Canton
  • Directors: Richard Eyre
  • Writers: Richard Eyre, Bernhard Schlink, Charles Wood
  • Producers: David Richenthal, Frank Doelger, Jan Mojto, Mary Beth O'Connor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Other Man [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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A taut thriller, THE OTHER MAN is an intimate tale of a man who discovers his wife's infidelity and sets out to track down his rival. Driven to pursue the mystery surrounding his wife’s adultery, Liam Neeson embarks on a global pursuit with a haunted passion that begins to probe the nature not simply of jealousy, but of loss and forgiveness. The film is beautifully shot on location in Milan and Lake Como as well as in London and Ely by renowned cinematographer Harris Zambarloukos (Mama Mia!, Heart in the Sand.)

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In The Other Man, Liam Neeson lends his volcanic authority to an elegant psychological thriller. When Peter (Neeson) discovers evidence of an affair on his wife's laptop, he tracks down the other man (Antonio Banderas) in Milan and stalks him. But though there are taut moments of suspense, the movie's emphasis is on watching Peter's mind unravel and seeing the damage this does to his daughter Abigail (Romola Garai, I Capture the Castle, perfectly cast as the child of Neeson and Laura Linney, who plays the wife). The movie suffers from some confusing editing and a few implausibilities, but the main reason it languishes in obscurity is that it defies the usual expectations of a thriller--which is the main reason it's worth seeing. Banderas turns out to have secrets of his own, and the conclusion takes a surprising (and delicately moving) turn. If director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) had had a slightly firmer grasp on the story line, this could have been a fascinating case study; as it is, it's intriguing but fails to fully satisfy. Neeson is, as ever, compelling--he's able to turn from understated obsession to ferocious outburst in a heartbeat. --Bret Fetzer

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get Some Other Film January 7, 2010
Contrary to the way the disc jacket advertises this film - there is almost no suspense here. So don't get it thinking you'll see anything Hitchcockian, any psychological thriller, or even any pale shadow of suspense.

But more than that, "The Other Man" suffers from terrible editing. It seems to be made up of footage haphazardly collected from the cutting room floor. The movie is supposed to be based on a respected novel - but something apparently got lost in translation from one medium to the other.

For one thing, you might soon find yourself wondering what Antonio Banderas' character is supposed to be. Is he a gigolo - a janitor - a petty moocher - a hospital orderly - an international sophisticate - or a true romantic? This disjointed multiplicity doesn't reflect any intelligent complication of character. No, it's a simple lapse into messiness. We see Banderas' character flash from one of these personas to the next without any adequate segue.

In a director's commentary that is more intelligent and interesting than the film itself, there is still no adequate explanation of these abridgements.

Finally, the central performance in this mishmash, Liam Neeson's portrayal of a jealous husband, is emotionally inauthentic. I myself felt like walking out on this character and this film and cheating with some real thriller.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Like a lot of people, I chose this DVD based upon the excellent cast, writer/director, and descriptives on the DVD label; however, I was quite disappointed with the movie. I will not provide a rehash of the plot (other reviewers have already done this) but will focus on the specific deficiencies.

Whether due to faulty editing or a failed attempt at artistry, the continuity of the plot has serious problems. There are jumps of time and location which simply do not make sense. In more skillful hands, discordant chronology may be a valuable feature (Memento), but here it is simply confusing. At one point, I, like another reviewer, became convinced that my DVD was defective and a portion of the movie had been deleted. Such sloppiness is distracting, disappointing, and inexplicable.

The concept that people are not as they may seem is, in more skillful hands, a wonderful plot twist. Here, however, it was presented in a heavy handed, cartoonish way. Each of the main characters at times demonstrates a lifestyle or behavior that is not just unexpected but jarringly inappropriate and impossible to believe. SPOILER: I can possibly accept that the sweet, gentle husband is prone to loud, profane, violent outbursts....but for the suave, ladies man to actually be a penniless, tortoise-rescuing janitor??? Come on, why is this necessary? How does this advance the plot in any way? It is a childish, simplistic twist without any redeeming merit. END of SPOILER

Character development is virtually non-existent. Why do these people behave as they do, especially when their behavior is so "out of character"? These revelations could have been the best part of the movie, but sadly are ignored.

People appear and disappear from distant locations with no time or effort required.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad Just $1 May 10, 2010
Just watched this film last night and feel the same as other reviewers. I watched the first part again to figure out if I had dropped off and missed how/when the Linney character disappeared. It could have been a great film but they either cut corners, or thought the very subtle segue to the husband throwing out the wife's clothes would be enough to tell us what the hell was going on. The story would have been much better if we had clearly known what happened to her and that the husband was then on a postmortem mission to find the lover. Disappointed
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Is No Suspense Thriller December 22, 2009
Just watched the DVD without having seen the Trailers or previous reviews. Picked up the movie based on the quality of the actors and the description on the DVD case, a "gripping suspense thriller". Based on the DVD case description we thought we were getting a Hitchcockian type suspense thriller. Hardly!

Plot synopsis: Happily married couple...wife walks out the door and disappears about ten minutes into movie...husband spends remainder of movie tracking down, dealing with, and coming to terms with the emotional trauma created by "The Other Man". Husband knows why wife disappears from the moment we see her leave in a slow motion mystery to him at all. Too bad we are left hanging for the next forty-five minutes. Her apparent disappearence early on has nothing to do with the plot other than to make us think we are watching a suspense thriller. No guns, no chases, no violent confrontations, no 180 degree plot twists, and no surprise ending. In fact, the ending is wierd and beguilling. In our our view it seems tacked on and somewhat implausable.

First rate acting and beautiful locale photography of Milan and Lake Como, Italy, make up, somewhat, for a disjointed plot and some odd film editing. In the scenes following the wife's disappearance we literally stopped the DVD and wondered if it had skipped ahead a chapter by mistake. Additionally, if we hadn't spent two years living near Milan and Lake Como we'd loose track of the continuous flashbacks and changes in plot locations. This is a film requiring your full attention to keep up.

Still, if we'd wanted to watch a lushly made "Lifetime TV" drama which confusingly unfolds revealing a love triangle, we'd rent this movie. It just isn't what it describes itself to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
Enjoyed watching this movie. Really like Liam Neeson films. Was good copy and like having it in my collection. I'm sure I'll watch several more times.
Published 5 months ago by Mindy
1.0 out of 5 stars A Movie To Forget
Wish I had paid attention to the poor reviews, but thought I'd at least give the fine actor Liam Neeson a chance. Big mistake. The plot plunged into the depths of boredom. Read more
Published 7 months ago by suzietoo
3.0 out of 5 stars I disagree with all of you.
As the story unfolds, it was hard not to gasp as you understand who these people are. No heroes, not evil, just realistic (yes, you heard me) . Read more
Published 9 months ago by margarita prentice
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Other Man"
This is a love story with greater depth because it explores human emotion at its height. The viewer journeys with the two main characters and sees how different people deal with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Doña María
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading
Despite a strong cast and a seemingly good potential story, this movie really gave up after the first half hour or so. Perhaps it was/is due to some bad technical problems (ex. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MortensOrchid
2.0 out of 5 stars Average movie, unhappy rental
the movie kept getting cut off, it was very annoying. My first time renting from Amazon and not sure if I'll rent again. The movie in itself it was ok, average.
Published 16 months ago by Fab A
2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck!
I thought this would be good because we really like Liam neeson. But it was not. Story lost interest very early, and the whole thing was disappointing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Millie Louise
2.0 out of 5 stars Loses its way
It has a talented director, a brilliant cast,and an intriguing premise about a man who discovers that his dead wife was unfaithful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
This was okay. If you are a Liam Neeson fan you will like it. I would suggest it if you are a fan.
Published 20 months ago by Pamela K Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars The other guy won't be around, to talk to our kids; he won't...
So-so movie about the consequences of cheating. The genre is fun to watch and then critique in my "Randall Nowan" persona. Well, maybe "fun" is overstated. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Randall Nowan
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I want this movie too! Been trying to find it for years. The Other Man 1970 with Joan Hackett and Roy Thinnes. 70's movie. I could feel the love and desire they had for each other without the nudity and sex (thank God) I just looooooved this movie and would watch it over and over when I had taped... Read More
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