On the subject of the expert, the apprentice & the woman, Kirsten DUNST, Viggo MORTENSEN & Oscar ISAAC are perfect. Great action in Greece & Istambul, coproduced by POLLACK & MINGHELLA. == Sur le thème de l'expert, de l'apprenti et de la femme, Kirsten DUNST, Viggo MORTENSEN & Oscar ISAAC sont parfaits. Le film est élégant et l'action en Grèce & à Istambul palpitante. Coproduit par Sidney POLLACK & Anthony MINGHELLA
There are reminiscences of "Knife in the Water" but it never really reaches the complexity or the suspense in Polanski's film. Amini shoots well and knows how to handle suspense but fails to give any meaningful depth to his writing, which ultimately makes this a slightly unsatisfying effort.
2.5 - For half the film I thought I was going to give this a strong rating, but as so often happens with films that rely on suspense, the last act disappoints, relying on action & plot rather than the subtle implications, strong performances & photography of earlier. The first half felt like a nice mix of Hitchcock & European directors like Antonioni, so it's a shame things go downhill after the "underground" scene.