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Chloe
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07.12.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Atom Egoyan

Actors:
Liam Neeson
Julianne Moore
Amanda Seyfried

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A married woman suspicious of her husband’s extracurricular activities decides to hire a call girl in hopes of figuring out whether or not he’s being faithful. Her plan backfires when they pass the point of no return and the already complicated situation escalates beyond her control.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I first caught wind of CHLOE, Amanda Seyfried was coming off her recent win with JENIFFER’S BODY (please note, I’m not saying that movie was anything special only that it was a “win” for Seyfried as the spotlight was on her performance rather than Fox’s). Marketing-wise this film was coming off as a dark independent film with a neon lit “oh snap, we get to see Amanda Seyfried naked” sign slapped across it. Worked for me as I raised an eyebrow but rest assured (thankfully) this film offers far more than the spoils of T&A alone, it was a devilishly good time.

Trust is a difficult issue to conquer in this day and age, especially when it comes to relationships. Monogamy seems to be a thing of the past (and it ain’t gonna get any better when so called cult phenomenon’s like the TWILIGHT series preach that it’s okay to love and be with two people at the same time) so it’s no wonder men and women have trust issues when some people are working on their third or fourth marriages. CHLOE serves up a storyline that just about anyone can relate to as we’ve all no doubt gotten jealous or maybe suspected our significant other of cheating. I don’t blame Julianne Moore’s character for thinking it, I mean the signs are all there but then again, the signs are always going to be there if we’re insecure enough to be looking for them which of course, she was.

The cast is magnificent and though both Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson both look great for their age, hat’s off to Moore for going naked (and still looking good). The angle played is a little different from similar attempts such as SWIMFAN and OBSESSED but that’s the neighbourhood we’re egging this time around. I loved the woman’s perspective on things and felt Amanda Seyfried’s character was genuine in what she was doing but found myself questioning her drive. The trailer lets us know the situation, that Moore’s paying Chloe to find out if her husband’s messing around, but at no point does this film actually acknowledge that Chloe is indeed a prostitute or call girl. Sure it’s implied but as Chloe’s opening monologue would suggest, she just seems a bit too smart for that line of work.

CHLOE is a darker spin on our more primitive hungers and emotions while playing up on our weaknesses as people and as lovers. It’s also a fresher spin on an old tale but at the same time isn’t without its fair share of contradictions. I said Chloe appeared smart but her questionable actions imply otherwise. The end result is about what you would expect here but I didn’t buy the ending as the film’s last scenes (and decisions) were just so out character. This flick is worth the watch to be sure (I’m always up for a nice girl on girl sex scene) and in case you were wondering, yes, Amanda Seyfried DOES have a nice rack.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Amanda Seyfried joins director Atom Egoyan and writer Erin Cressida for a walkthrough which gets particularly interesting when you get to all the pervasive language and explicit sexual content.

Introducing Chloe: The Making of Chloe: The cast and production team explore the idea of opening Pandora’s Box as it pertains to the film; the irony being that no possible good could come from the decisions made by our protagonist yet therein is the magic.

Deleted Scenes: Details are crucial in films such as these (case in point, why does the son have such a hate on for his mother). These five minutes of scenes brought added clarity to the film and should have stayed in.

Previews: There is a theatrical trailer as well as a handful of other previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’ve always been a fan of Julianne Moore (and an even bigger fan of her eagerness to get naked), Neeson kicks ass in just about everything he does and Amanday Seyfried is quickly making a name for herself. Add to that a diabolical tale of suspense, scandal and seduction and you’ve got my vote every time.

Extra Tidbit: I've always wondered why Moore didn't stick with the original ending for HANNIBAL, seeing as how she's so open to nudity.
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