Drama / Mystery
Drama / Mystery
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.
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Another beautiful and subtle performance by Rachel Wiesz
I gave this film a 8/10. The film overall wasn't particularly special.
At least the visuals anyway but that wasn't really the point was it?
This was plain and simple a character study. Complete Unknown is about
Rachel Wiesz's "Alice", the choices she makes and how those choices
ripple out and affect those that happen into her life..or lives.
Unlike some other reviewers I very much enjoyed the film with an
emphasis on Rachel Wiesz. She's been my favorite actress for as long as
I can remember and this film just reminds me why. She does so little
and yet she is so powerful. There is so much behind those eyes. With
just a look or slightest gesture the depth of this woman becomes so
clear. Wiesz possesses the kind of talent that cannot be taught. It's
both innate and at the same time acquired through real life
experiences...through truly living life.
Another reason I connected with this film is because I myself have
changed lives...Not to the extremes that Alice has. But I have very
much grown tired of the way things were and simply picked up and left
to start again. So Alice very much struck a chord with me.
The film isn't fast paced with any crazy twists and turns. Its very
simply a study of a human being. But a very fascinating human being.
An example of disappointment.....Poorly written screenplay and weak story line will be bore you a lot
Rachel Weisz is one of the most talented English actresses and Michael
Shannon is one of the most underrated but very good actors. When these
two comes together as co-star, I thought this will be a very good drama
movie. The trailer and the premises are and thought this will be
another Rachel Weisz classic like "The Constant Gardener", "The
Fountain", "Agora", and "The Lobster". This is not a typical storyline
and I am not telling this is not a good movie but if you saw the
previous drama movie of Rachel Weisz, this is definitely a poor film.
I know Joshua Marston is a good director for drama movie and he
directed some good TV drama. But this movie is a complete mismatch of
the story and the telling style. The screenplay was very poorly written
and the story has also plot holes. This is a drama movie and the pace
is almost nothing. The whole plot was rounding one specific character(I
am not telling the storyline or not giving any spoiler), the dialogues
are very choppy and widely not presentative for a slow paced drama
movie. CHaracer development is very sluggish and it is completely
understood that the lazy screenplay also harmed the character's
Joshua Marston's direction is not so bad but he didn't find the right
combination for the character's chemistry and the movie completely
failed 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 their
roles except Rachel Weisz. She is the one and only plus point of this
movie. She has done an outstanding job for the role of Alice Manning.
She has a perfect emotion and her dialogue delivery was very good and
maybe 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 the
movie would be a good example.
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Long Short Story
Spoiler: This female quick change character artist is intriguing but
the story becomes quickly stale and boring, as The story dissolves like
a snowman as the plot rambles on. Spoiler: Like a bird in flight never
landing. The story plot offers a talented person, who returns to
earlier romance, fifteen years after walking away. Then, finding no
(surprise) warm enchanted welcome from her previous significant other,
leaves again. The conclusion comes as the girl prepares to leave after
wallowing around explaining her past and revealing her present living
and working situation.
Really? This would make a terrific short story, a quick character study
then again, who cares?