CHLOE Movie Review
CHLOE tells the story of a Catherine (Julianne Moore), a doctor, who suspects her husband, David (Liam Neeson), a professor of music, might be cheating on her after he misses his flight home from New York and the birthday party she had planned for him. A couple of weeks later, while in the bathroom of the restaurant she is having dinner at with her husband and friends, Catherine meets an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Catherine soon realizes that Chloe is an escort and decides to hire her to seduce her husband and test his fidelity. Catherine then starts meeting Chloe on a regular basis listening to her stories about her encounters with David, further fueling Catherine’s jealousy. New sensations, feelings, and sexual desires awaken in Catherine, which lead her to a place she never expected to end up.
I enjoyed Chloe, but I think the only thing that was disappointing was that I sort of saw the ending coming a mile away and so when it actually happened it wasn’t as exciting for me. That said I still thought it was a interesting movie and worth seeing.
The movie was sort of slow, which worked with this type of story. It helped in building the tension and suspicions of the characters. We see the effects that Catherine’s suspicions have not only on her sanity but also how they affect everyone in her life including her husband, son and even Chloe. I personally enjoy when movies explore the characters’ inner most desires and thought processes, and so Chloe was right up my alley. However it might not appeal to everyone.
Amanda Seyfried is definitely the star of the film, she gives a pretty strong performance. The whole time you’re trying to figure her out, but at the same time you’re oddly attracted to her. Julianne Moore also holds her own as the wife desperate to find the answer about her husband’s infidelity, and being compelled to listen to Chloe’s encounters with David. And of course Liam Neeson is pretty great as well, although we don’t see him as much as the other two.
Chloe is not the most original movie or story that I have ever seen, but it did keep me entertained and I just loved seeing Amanda Seyfried and Julianne Moore’s performances, they had quite an interesting dynamic. So if you enjoy character study and the story sounds like something you might enjoy, make sure to go see Chloe, which comes out to select theaters today, March 26th, 2010.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5