You f..k it up Woody! Very dissapointing! It has a nice philosophy and situation climax start like Allen does but from the middle you start to pray that it wont ends like obvious, and it does. Also, its like the poor copy of Match Point (which is a very good movie). You dissapointed me Woody this time like never happened :(
Is this supposed to be a Dostoevsky satire? The direction is so terrible. Never had seen Phoenix have to force a performance like this one. Woody Allen seems out of touch with life. Best he can do is immerse us in literary cliches. Worst of all, the chance motif and its many manifestations felt extremely weak and disingenuous.
Rather reheated in many respects - refer to Crimes and Misdemeanours for a less contrived nod to Dostoevsky and practically any other Allen for the older man/younger woman relationship - and lumbered with an unconvincing central device (of which everyone seems to have an inexplicable interest). Allen is rarely less than watchable but this is a very pallid affair despite - or because of - the existential pebbledash.
As Abe points out in one of his classes, "So much of philosophy is just verbal masturbation", and so is Irrational Man's take on ethics of murder, banality of evil, problems of chance and choice, etc. Unlike Match Point, Allen forces the problem of chance and choice on the film. The choice is not dramatized because Abe and Jill are not much of characters, only puppets uttering Allen's big words.
At first glance, this seems like simply re-hashed material that Allen has already done much better in earlier films. But I don't tire of his Crime&Punishment permutations. This one might be the most self-reflexive of the series: a depiction of the ultra-bourgeois reassurance that accompanies a privileged cynical nihilism. I think there is a faint note of contempt present in the tone of this movie.
Yet another Allen interpretation/rehash of Dostoyevski led by an always impeccable cast. Pleasant but forgettable. But oh, Parker Posey, how I adore you and how I enjoyed savouring you in this minor Allen film. My wish goes to be casted in one of his greatest latest future efforts.