Reviewed byKevin KevinVote: 9/10/10
Just last week I noticed how much I was missing seeing some decentfilms, and then I wander into two this week.
The first was Certain Women.
Not that you should never read reviews, I don't mean that. But somefilms, like these two, are better to experience blind, at least thefirst time.
If you glance at the reviews you'll notice that some people like them alot and some were just perplexed at how anybody could like them at all.But other than the fact that I gave it 9 stars so you know I'm writingthis because I think highly of Conplete Unknown, you don't want to knowwhat I know now that I didn't know before, because if you just trustyourself and the discretion of the fine actors who took these roles,then you might get lucky and discover something yourself. Cheers!
Reviewed bykeenastVote: 9/10/10
After reading so many somewhat negative reviews I hesitated evenwatching this film - but then, it's actually a wonderful movie. Greatactors and great script too. I guess what so many people don't like isthat it's not a 'plot movie' - there's none of this 'overcomingobstacles' and stuff - I for one am glad! It's slow and thoughtful.Highly recommended!
Reviewed byFiller RuthVote: 3/10/10
Rachel Weisz is one of the most talented English actresses and MichaelShannon is one of the most underrated but very good actors. When thesetwo comes together as co-star, I thought this will be a very good dramamovie. The trailer and the premises are and thought this will beanother Rachel Weisz classic like "The Constant Gardener", "TheFountain", "Agora", and "The Lobster". This is not a typical storylineand I am not telling this is not a good movie but if you saw theprevious drama movie of Rachel Weisz, this is definitely a poor film.
I know Joshua Marston is a good director for drama movie and hedirected some good TV drama. But this movie is a complete mismatch ofthe story and the telling style. The screenplay was very poorly writtenand the story has also plot holes. This is a drama movie and the paceis almost nothing. The whole plot was rounding one specific character(Iam not telling the storyline or not giving any spoiler), the dialoguesare very choppy and widely not presentative for a slow paced dramamovie. CHaracer development is very sluggish and it is completelyunderstood that the lazy screenplay also harmed the character'smaturity.
Joshua Marston's direction is not so bad but he didn't find the rightcombination for the character's chemistry and the movie completelyfailed to create the sympathy or the emotions for the characters.Editing is not so good and the cast has not done a good job for theirroles except Rachel Weisz. She is the one and only plus point of thismovie. She has done an outstanding job for the role of Alice Manning.She has a perfect emotion and her dialogue delivery was very good andmaybe she is the perfect choice for the role.
Overall I gave it 3 stars only for Rachel Weisz and if the screenplay,script, and the chemistry between the characters did good then themovie would be a good example.
This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing.