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The Other Man [Blu-ray]
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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.
This movie was (insert explative here) horrible. Don't give it five minutes. But if you do, watch the ending just to see someone looked confused with three coffee cup containers in hand. It doesn't make any sense. And it sucks. Badly. Then it ends, and I now somehow feel dirty. That's just how bad this movie is.
Don't do it.
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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Entertaining but predictable plot that didn't really seem plausible in "real" life!Published 11 days ago by Margaret Pashko
drippy, droopy and sentimental clap-trap. a waste of some great talent.Published 4 months ago by Michelone
Some would call the plot change a twist in the plot. Quite frankly, this is not a plot twist but rather a misrepresentation of the story by the director. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John C.
I brought this movie again from a movie store because I ordered The Other Man and Unknown and they were the same movie. :).Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer