Legendarily divisive director Brian De Palma has finally made his first film since 2007′s highly debated Redacted. Despite the hiatus and a (somewhat inaccurate) reputation for being more miss than hit in recent years, De Palma still attracts highly talented actors to his projects.
His newest is Passion, a remake of 2010′s French psychological and semi-erotic thriller Love Crimes. The leads are in the trusty hands of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace, two highly talented actresses, while Paul Anderson plays a vital supporting role. What makes this trio even more interesting is that all of them have appeared in a Sherlock Holmes film, McAdams in the first and Rapace and Anderson in the second, A Game of Shadows. Passion is an entirely different beast than RDJ’s recent star vehicles:
We don’t see much in the way of plot, other than McAdams is Rapace’s dominating and very, very rich boss, Christine, and Rapace’s Isabelle is secretive and mysterious. The short official synopsis tells us little more: “A young businesswoman plots a murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.” Well, okay then.
If this teaser is anything to go by, that revenge involves some erotic maneuvering by Isabelle towards Christine’s overt sexuality, with a final audio clip teasing us the idea of two of cinema’s more attractive young females hooking up.
But aside from that obvious and admittedly engaging titillation, this teaser is abrupt, unrevealing and, to be honest, not that original or gripping in terms of the conversations and performances displayed. Now, both McAdams and Rapace are more than capable of acting anyone under the table, and De Palma of course has some legendary films on his resume, plus Passion is an Official Selection at TIFF, but I can’t escape the feeling that this thriller might just contain more schlock than shock.
What do you think?