Obsession is a dangerous thing. On one hand, you have a constant idea that you think over time and time again to the point where it consumes everything that you do, and on the other hand, it can be looked at as a positive in order to maintain a level of discipline, but where does the line get drawn? What’s the point of no return before things get out of hand? And how long do you continue to obsess over it? In this movie, it’s a big ass puzzle that brings the excitement of mystery, the agony of loss, and a twist that left my head spinning in the final minutes that you don’t see coming at all.
I didn’t know much about this movie until my girlfriend told me that she won tickets for the screening and all of a sudden, I was going to see it. From watching the trailer, there was definitely something there for my interest, so I went with it. With the casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts, the murder-mystery bring about a cold case of a cop whose killer is still at large, and because of an obsession, the puzzle needed to be solved by any means to put the heart & soul of a mother at ease. I can’t give too much away besides the fact that it bounces a lot between present day and 2002, all also finds its way to tie in the early Post-9/11 shockwaves that are felt in two of the largest cities in America: New York & LA. There are definitely moments where it’s slower, and certainly they could have cut out most of the love-interest-that-wasn’t, because it didn’t exactly help push the story forward, but it helped push the theme of obsession through different ways.
This is a movie that was surprisingly good, although certain critics didn’t think much of it (boo hoo to them). I like the fact that for the majority of the movie, we were led on for the majority of the time and then it just flipped. That’s something that you will appreciate when watching this movie. And it’s always the movies that pop up out of nowhere, much like A Most Violent Year, which is the first movie that came to mind. Needless to say, this is a movie that you’ll want to see, as it is Awards season. Not saying that this will generate any huge buzz, but it’s a quality film that is worth your money. But for now, this is my opinion, this is my review
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