While many say that he steals from Hitchcock I find dePalma more channeling the giallo genre in this film and especially Dario Argento this time around. It is a remake of a French movie "Love Crime" that I have sadly not seen but hopefully this film wasn't a scene for scene steal. Noomi Rapace is the real star of the film though even if Rachel McAdams seem to have top-billing playing a unlikeable bitch boss
Blatantly obvious product placements, pretty bad acting, cringeworthy dialogue and a whole bunch of plot holes. There's also a strange stylistic shift half way through the movie that felt really out of place. What the hell De Palma, you having money issues or something? jeez
I think I liked this a lot more due to the fact that most didn't, but it also has its merits. Its use of technology to drive voyeurism says a lot more about the machine than it does the voyeur here and there are many interesting facets to this part of the film. De Palma has always been quite self-aware, but through this self-awareness allows the film to be its own meta work.
Mock all you want, but how many other films master the perverse clinical corporatism and lurid cheapness of the global office space. Demonlover, maybe, but that's harder to like. In the Debussy sequence we get the apotheosis of De Palma's adventures in split-screen, his ability to surpass himself always a joy. Few films engaged like this with how technology facilitates workplace competition - shame about final 30.
Unbearable after having seen love crime. The action g is cringeworthily poor. And all of the manipulative drive seems missing. And yes, a remake can be evaluated against the original, specially when it is as derivative. Americans may say 'this is missing un certain je ne sais quoi", I'll just say "c'est de la merde".
At first, I appreciated how well made the original film version of this must have been - even though I hadn't thought so while watching that one. It's so bad, I questioned what mind control these actors were under. Then 3/4 into this, I realised that the entire thing was such wilful fuckery that no comparison mattered, I paused the film to make sure it was De Palma. Whatever floats your boat BDP.
Not much of an improvement on the original. Had expected more than a virtual relocated scene for scene reshoot, so still stuck with a wooden script. And the same credibility problem - how did someone as naive as Isabelle is depicted at the start get to the business position she is in?