A drama of lies and betrayal. The story centers on Remco, a real estate tycoon swept away by his devouring passion for women. During his 50th birthday party, thrown by his wife Ineke, Remko displays the most despicable aspects of his character.
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"Tricked" is a sexually charged comedy which includes a documentary on how the movie came to be before it even begins. Paul Verhoeven demonstrates a real taste for unfortunate events as a means of creating humor. Everyone likes to say they care about everyone's well being, but if you haven't ever laughed at a youtube video of someone falling off a dock into water while fully clothed then you will not like this movie!
Narrative handy cam, teeming and "noisy", of a fiction of mistakes, typical in Verhoeven, and not so attractive or smarter than it used to be. The story is fun, but obvious, and it is only just that - a plot. There is an idea of cinema: when two characters lurk another one, on the top of her building.A brief plan for a thankfully short film.
Kudos to Verhoeven for trying this experiment. It does illustrate the peril of not heeding the dictum, "Know how it will end before you begin!" Big pacing issue: Once we see what Merel sees, the audience is ahead of the film for too long before the scissors. This could have been remedied by NOT showing us what Merel sees. The scissors scene is still good, but it could have packed more of a Hitchcockian wallop.
The experiment to the film is contrived and the decision to include a documentary that almost matches the film in length does it no service. I felt worn out by the time that I reached the film proper. The plot itself felt like it was written by that many authors, which is a bad sign for any narrative. The movie just never comes together to do anything more than appreciate the wheels didn't come off of the project.
First half is Verhoeven explaining his process of making this film where he crowd-sourced out the screenplay. Plays as a "behind-the-scenes / making-of" kind of doc for the first 35 minutes. Last hour is the film itself which is perfectly fine, but nothing more. A simple little film that is well acted, filmed and directed. Nothing of great note, but enjoyable enough.
I really enjoyed the break between the sequences of the film. It gives the viewer a glimpse into the mind of a producer as well as those who are coming up. The second half of the film itself was pretty intriguing with its realistic take on men in power and those surrounding them. However, the realism is what really under plays the film. Nothing really happens, I guess I'm not really into something so minimal.
I skipped the long documentary about the film (what was the point of that and why wasn't it shown after the actual film? as if you don't believe in your film enough). The actual film is not, as Mubi describes, a "psycho-sexually charged thriller"; it's light & comedic, the plot is its strength, and it's impossible not to like Remco the philandering king whose appetites threatens to destroy his kingdom. A little gem.