Strong Hitchcockian tone in here. Not for the mystery, but for depicting women characters (all of them, really?) in tiring stereotypes: the helpless, the possessive, the slut, the nagging bitch. Emily Blunt was great, yes, but somehow the Haley Bennett (Megan) was the strongest, and least one-dimensional character in the film.
As many others have said, the film is carried by Emily Blunt's fantastic and layered performance. The rest of the cast is fine as well, but Blunt's acting can only distract us for a time from how actually contrived the plot is. That said, it is a decent enough thriller, even if as a film, it bears the same stamp as so many films of the genre, and will quickly be forgotten once a new one gets released.
Ohhhhh... it's definitely somewhere between 2.5/3 stars... i love the premise... i love Emily Blunt (who doesn't?), but... there's something just too workman-like in its delivery and the predictable (yet, strangely welcome) twists. I guess i felt it could be better and i just wish it was... i love a good grown up thriller... nice effort.
[2nd time] Disappointing. I had high expectations about this movie mainly because I heard nothing but good things about the book. If the book is as bad as this movie, you better bet I'm staying away from it. The writing was AWFUL. The story wasn't intriguing at all and the characters were both boring and one-dimensional. Blunt's performance received a lot of praise, but I can't help being underwhelmed by her acting.
It took some time til the movie has found a decent pace,in the first 40 minutes bein'kinda boring, unexciting. But things become a little bit better once the action really begins.So the tension grows, the characters become more interesting,unveiling more about them and in the end,revealing the (foreseeable) truth. I have huge love for E.Blunt but i wasn't impressed by her performance. Overall poor directing. 6/10