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
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.
2 1/2 stars. I love Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortenson was great. I also loved the exotic setting of the movie (Greece and Turkey). however, there wasn't enough suspense and action for me to get into it as a "thriller". I was more intrigued by the main characters but the story did nothing for me
It keeps an eerie and unpredictable web of tension developing through its ambiguous characters and its mysterious exotic setting. Isaac is a stunning actor of his generation, Mortensen brings a grim edge to a man full of demons and deception while Dunst is still too preppy and girlish for noir-like material. lt may not hit the same mark as The Talented Mr. Ripley but keeps us intrigued and guessing all the same.
Com um elenco tão talentoso e um enredo com tanto potencial, esperava-se mais deste filme. With such a talented cast and a plot with so much potencial, we expected more from this movie. Crítica completa/Full Review: http://www.espalhafactos.com/2014/10/30/as-duas-faces-de-janeiro-uma-tragedia-grega/
Stylish intelligent period thriller led by a devoted cast and amazingly photographed locations of both Athens, Crete and Istanbul. It is a job well done, and it is enough to catch a glimpse and be hooked. Even though its underdeveloped characters and its sloppy tension weakened it, and gave us the perception of style over depth (which may very well be the case), this is a fine debut nonetheless.
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.