It turns out that it's frightening easy to be a psycho. Step 1, be a photographer. Step 2, take a lot of photos of a person. That person can be random, or someone famous. Best for them not to know you're doing it. Be obsessive, but strangely detached. Pin or tape the photos on your wall. Call it your art project. Don't let anyone see it. Presto changeo, you're a psycho.
Yet another husband gets punished for threatening the sanctity of the nuclear family. This time he’s lead back to monogamy by the psychotic photo-stalker Sy. Robin Williams is great as the lonely and neurotic voyeur who’s living the life of another family through their family albums. Otherwise an “OK” film which in the world of mainstream thrillers means that it’s better than most.
There are quite a few flaws in this movie, but it's flawed in the way a Brian De Palma movie is flawed. It doesn't always makes sense, but has a nice mood, atmosphere and tense scenes (the hotel scene is one) Although this is seen as Williams' against type role, I would argue he carries his man child persona in to this one, but set against the mood, it's terrifying.
Our deranged hero sure leaves a lot of food for thought. I think this film will be misunderstood, Sy the photo guy is the only adult character with any passion, and no one seems to notice or appreciate his contribution, much like the other adults who are unappreciated for different reasons. This film brings to our attention something very important: Gratitude.
Expertly crafted thriller with a stunning turn by Williams. His character is a master class in restraint and sudden bursts of emotion. Truly a magnificent interpretation of the character. The supporting cast is equally good and Romanek's direction is precise and austere which fits the subject material nicely. Extra points for an excellent score and photography.