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The Other Man

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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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  • 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, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NTDXQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on January 7, 2010
Format: DVD
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Main Reader on May 10, 2010
Format: DVD
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 22, 2009
Format: DVD
The jacket of this DVD has a blurb stating that this is a "gripping suspense thriller". That and the cast comprising Laura Linney and Liam Neeson (there's also Antonio Banderas and Romola Garai) convinced me to rent this movie which turned out to be a disappointing and lackluster viewing experience. Liam Neeson and Laura Linney portray a couple who seem to be happily married - Lisa is a successful shoe designer and Peter is a well-to-do software designer. Then, quite suddenly, Lisa is out of the picture (her fate is only revealed much later in the movie) and Peter uncovers some unsettling e-mails (together with some very sexy photos) that suggest Lisa has been having an affair with a certain Ralph (Antonio Banderas). Peter manages to track down Ralph in Milan, Italy with the intent of killing this other man - Peter gains Ralph's confidence, barely disguising his disdain for his wife's lover, and over the course of the film (mainly via flashbacks) the fate of Peter's wife is revealed, as is Ralph's true nature, and the relationship between Ralph and Lisa. By this time however, any suspense aspect in the movie has long since faded, leaving me frustrated that I had wasted time on this uninspired movie.

I cannot believe that the same director, Richard Eyre, who gave us Notes on a Scandal, directed this tepid domestic drama. It really is merely that - a boring drama about a baffled and irate husband (Neeson) who through the course of the movie tries to understand why his wife betrayed him, and then turns his anger upon his wife's lover. There's a secondary character in the form of Lisa and Peter's adult daughter, played by Romola Garai.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Jaundiced Eye on January 2, 2010
Format: DVD
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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