Director: Andrew Davis.
Content Rating: R for violence, sexuality, and language.
IMDB: A Perfect Murder
A POWERFUL HUSBAND. AN UNFAITHFUL WIFE. A JEALOUS LOVER. ALL OF THEM HAVE A MOTIVE. EACH OF THEM HAS A PLAN.
Wall Street titan Steven Taylor seems like a devoted husband. He isn't. Beautiful Emily Bradford Taylor seems like a faithful wife. She isn't. And when Steven hires Emily's lover to kill her, it seems like a perfect murder. It isn't. In fact, little is what it seems in this sleek thriller.
A Perfect Murder looked so perfect that ever since I was randomly watching trailers on YouTube and stumbled across its trailer, I've wanted to see it. Murder, deception, violence, lovers, lies, intrigue.....oooh, it's a delicious premise.
And so I bought it. And I don't regret it.
This is a hard film to review. I don't have a lot to say, so it'll be short :)
- The acting was excellent. Micheal Douglas was as brilliant as always; creepy and commanding as the husband trying to keep his head above water and being prepared to use whatever means necessary to do so. Gwyneth Paltrow gave a strong performance as his innocent-turned-woman-with-a-plan wife, and Viggo Mortensen was also very good as the lover who had more on his mind than just a tumble in bed.
- The cinematography was very fitting to the tight, beautifully chilly atmosphere.
When there was music, it was great; and certain scenes were so perfectly enhanced by it, I got goosebumps.
- The script was definitely clever, and the tension increased solidly. It was exciting :)
- The start was a bit slow and slightly random. Throughout the movie, references are made to Steven and Emily being a perfect couple on the outside & in view of society and yet inwardly they're struggling with scandal and distrust, but I personally would have preferred more 'backstory' and grounding before the plot launched into the actual thriller aspect. It is a thriller, yes, so it will head straight for the action, but I think that theme (trust no one; no one is as they seem ) would have come across stronger if the story had started with a better set-up.
- The ending was VERY disappointing. Steven and Emily had their confrontation, but it was far too quick and easy. In addition, it lacked intelligence, wit, and 'went down without a fight' so to speak.
It also ended without certain things being resolved properly.
I did really enjoy this film, but the ending let me down.
I give it: 3 and a half flowers!