The Other Man
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I brought this movie again from a movie store because I ordered The Other Man and Unknown and they were the same movie. :).Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Have you ever seen, a bad Liam Neeson movie ?? Me neither, this is a Great Flick!!Published 3 months ago by Movie Buff
Not an interesting movie that was not a Liam Neeson that did not show interest for mePublished 3 months ago by walter sweeney
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|"The Other Man" movie made in 1970||
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
Dec 30, 2011 by Lucy B | See all 8 posts