A curious misfire of otherwise potent ingredients. An interesting conceit (professional companionship) gives way to a mundane murder mystery drearily realised and peopled by the thinnest of skin deep characterisations. Perhaps it might have taken fire - or least some gained some polish - in the hands of a writer like Gore Vidal; as it is it's a missed opportunity and one simply doesn't care.
Hard to review, since I have no clue what the film were aiming for. There is constant references to US political climate after 9/11 - wars, torture, anti-terror - but the protagonists seems more concerned with having his head stuck up his own ass. When real stuff like Abu Ghraib are brought into the movie, I have a hard time caring for the protagonists teen anxiety. Still, Woody Harrelsons performance were great!
Woody Harrelson is amazing, and this slick well acted film is enjoyable and an interesting look at superficial high society. It is unexciting as a thriller and a mystery though. Would expect more from a man who wrote taxi Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
And to the New Yorker sophistication of the first "American gigolo," with Lauren Hutton and hints of a possibility of a sex variety, we have the stupidity of a general hypercharacterization - with particular emphasis on an unbearable Harrelson - with a certain address in a sexuality that is intended to be significant and with Scott Thomas recollecting the previous actress.
Well-made, but strangely uninvolving mystery-drama from writer-director Paul Schrader. Solid performances from an impressive cast (though Woody Harrelson's accent gets annoying pretty quick) and excellent cinematography by Chris Seager - but it lacks the suspense necessary to work as a thriller, and just isn't quite compelling enough as a character study. Not a bad film, but forgettable and disappointing.