Enthralling psychological thriller from director Atom Egoyan gets off to a slow start - the portrait of Bob Hoskins' disturbed man is far more compelling than Felicia's actual journey - but when their paths converge is when the film really takes off. Bob Hoskins' performance is one of his very best. Egoyan keeps his usual pretensions in check (mostly), and even if the ending is a bit anticlimactic and unsatisfying, t
Was very sorry to hear of Bob Hoskins' retirement for health reasons recently--his acting was always marked by an ability to play lovable or threatening in equal measure, and in this film, he gets the chance to combine the two traits in a character who's incredibly disturbing because of his attempts to be a sweetheart.
Don't know why this film has such a low rating...the girl character was as fleshed out as a cardboard cutout but otherwise the atmosphere is one of the creepiest I've seen in a while and bob hoskins was amazing.
Off-puttingly amicable (or amicably off-putting, I'm not sure) at the start, hushed and bruising by the end. The sound design is singularly unnerving. Makes 1999 look like a long time ago in its frozen portrait of industrial estates, busted allotments, factories and tenement housing. Lots of sublimated violence.