A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later.
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It succeeds in that it's not a shot-by-shot remake. It's taken the key elements of the original story (the case, the drunk best friend, the football stadium chase scene, the attorney interrogation, the ending), and it's given it a post-9/11 spin that works quite well.
Never quite comes together. Perhaps I should go and see the original, but if it bears any resemblance to this "twist" ending drivel that calls itself a crime thriller, it may be too boring and predictable for me.
Unnecessary remake of the richly allegorical but far from perfect Argentine original. Nothing works as well as it should, and the addition of the red herring false lead is a stupefying distraction. Dropping "the" from the title makes it sound like a gameshow.
(...)Wir sind dem Täter auf der Spur, doch der entkommt dann in letzter Sekunde. Was ist nur aus der grossen Liebesgeschichte und der kalten Paranoia des Originals geworden? Wo ist die Strahlkraft der Schauspieler? Wo die ausserordentliche Bedrohung?
film was average. unfortunately yet again, i am unfamiliar with the original work which i'm sure is much stronger. i did enjoy julia roberts a lot, her performance was emotional and intense and it reminded me of what she's capable of, glad to see her back.
Let's get this straight, this will never be the 2009 original but boy have they tried. Hollywood makes a gallant effort here. The emotions & convictions played out by our 3 heavyweights are absolutely heartfelt & captivating. Having said all of this, having the main score sequence of your movie copy that of Eno's score for Lynch's Dune was a very good thing, though Dean Noris sadly does not play a Harkonen. C+