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Alan Rickman is great once again and plays one of the more despicable characters I have seen him fulfill. He is cast as the adulterous professor/Nobel Prize winner that finds his son kidnapped/ransomed for the money he will be receiving. His adulterous wife (sublime yet believable in Steenburgen) tags along all whilst the detective (Pullman) tracks the strange truths and twists of the case. Eliza Dushku plays an R role, and the rest of the cast gives some fun performances, especially from Hatosy and even a little part for Devito.
The quality of the DVD and the 5.1 are adequate, with plenty of featurettes/deleted scenes that help show the production's back story and missing parts. A worthwhile film that has gotten little press, and even less distribution. Hope you enjoy a fun, plot twisting film that can be appreciated up to the last scene.
I can, however, give you a vague idea. Let's begin with Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), who may in fact be one of the meanest, most unlikable characters of any film this decade. He's a Chemistry teacher with an ego that sprawls out even farther than the Periodic Table of Elements. He thinks he's better than his colleagues. He isn't kind to his wife, a forensic psychologist named Sarah (Mary Steenburgen); truth be told, he cheats on her at every possible opportunity. He certainly can't cut his son a break, an eager doctorate student named Barkley (Bryan Greenberg).
One day, Eli learns that he's won the Nobel Prize. Unfortunately, Barkley is kidnapped on the day of his father's flight to Sweden.Read more ›
Rickman is wonderful as a self-important, philandering professor. The plot is wonderfully puzzling, and, for all its twistedness, not lacking in humanity or heart.
And that's all I can say about that.
Unbelievable story line made completely believable by the tremendous acting and the twisted logic behind the crime.
There were clues and evidence which we knew but weren't completely explored. However, the ending makes you think that they must have been in order to come to conclusions.
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This movie have some surprisingly twist and turns. I enjoyed this movie.Published 20 days ago by BrownSugar
black comedy which I love. Alan Rickman was just super in this flickPublished 1 month ago by Carolyn Huggard
I found it a bit silly, the story has its moments but overall was not believable.
Could his wife really have put up with her thoroughly loathsome philandering husband with... Read more
I really thought I was going to like this, but it was a little boring to me. I love Alan Rickman, but I didn't really connect with this story or the cast. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shoshanna
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