The Anthony Shaffer play originally brought to the screen in 1972 gets the remake treatment in this updating that finds Michael Caine stepping into the role of the brilliant thriller writer portrayed by Laurence Olivier in the original, and Jude Law following in Caine's footsteps as the young hairdresser who steals the literary giant's wife, only to find himself subsequently swallowed up in an elaborate revenge scheme. Kenneth Branagh directs a script adapted from Shaffer's original play by screenwriter Harold Pinter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This is one of the most intriguing movies I've ever seen, I don't watch movies more than once, but I made an exception with this beauty to take in more of the nuances. Suberply acted on both parts, I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of Law. But, all should watch the original, Caine the younger and Olivier the older, just as awesome... makes it more amazing that Caine played the reverse part in the shadows of Olivier to the tee. Bravo!
This is one of the best movies I've seen lately. In the tradition of older films and English stage theatre, there are only 2 characters, and one location, where the entire story takes place dramatically and psychologically between the two. There's no big action sequences, great gimmicks, pyrotechnical stunts and explosions, it's not hollywood, so if that's all you can handle this movie's not for you. Instead of relying on computer technology It's actually relying on good acting and direction. Pure, sophisticated, superb drama.
Kenneth Branagh's direction is daring, exploratory, and creative. The performances by Michael Caine and Jude Law are simply magnificent.
If you're into film as an art of drama on the highest level this is for you.
I expected this to be more clever and more intense. There were no surprises - completely predictable - and not enough tension between the 2 characters. The whole movie was flat and boring.
A waste of some excellent talent and a great premise.
The only reason I'm giving this one star is because I am a fan of Kenneth Branagh's and Jude Law's. Michael Caine is one of the worst actors I have ever seen. Every part he plays is the same. He speaks in a halting voice, almost like he is reading his lines and I can't stand to watch him "act".
Anyway, save your time and money and don't rent this. You will be disappointed and will be left wondering "what the !@#$ was that all about?"