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Match Point ***

I love Woody Allen and I really enjoyed this film. The one word that came to mind while watching it was excruciating. It was excruciating to watch but it did a great job of keeping me off guard and surprising me right to the end. It was excruciating because you really hate Chris for what he’s doing, willing to give up all he has for an affair, then willing to give up all he has to get out of it. I hate what he was doing but I found myself rooting for him as the story went on as he struggled with the limited options he had available to him. Yes, I’m trying to tip-toe around what actually happens because I don’t want to give away the whole story.

This is a very good film. If you like watching films about love & lust and you like to be surprised just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, this is the film for you. Bravo Woody Allen, this is your best film since Sweet and Lowdown.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Tennis pro Chris (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) gets mixed up with the darker side of high society in this suspenseful drama with a Hitchcockian flair. Chris is befriended by a wealthy family and falls for femme fatale Nola (Scarlett Johansson). But a clandestine affair involving another woman leaves Chris wondering if murder is the only way out of the tight spot he’s in. Matthew Goode and Emily Mortimer co-star in director Woody Allen’s thriller.

Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech


March 19, 2007 - Posted by | Movies

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