A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
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Poor adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel by the usually reliable Roger Michell. Story and performances seem to fall flat throughout with very little tension, mystery or interest within. The limitations of Sam Claflin are painfully obvious and Rachel Weisz seems to have played similar characters far too many times before. Scoring better in a smaller role is Holliday Grainger.
On paper it sounds just like my type of book (it's written by Daphne du Maurier), but on the screen it doesn't do much... the gothic is missing, a bit of suspense and ambiguity is there, but not done well... and I know I have not read the book, but I'm convinced Maurier does it better than this film. Although Rachel Weisz is hypnotic! And the costumes are gorgeous.
Beautiful images but poor development of a rather simple plot. It tries to be ambiguous but it fails to, becoming almost predictable at times. It also lacks subtlety - some of the events are so sudden I wondered if I had missed a few scenes. Rachel Weisz makes it a little bit better.
Sam Claflin wins the most punchable face award for his portrayal as "Incredulously Rash Idiot Phillip Ashley." A star for the cinematography alone. The rest of this was just an annoying waste of two hours with an infuriating ending.