Saturday, March 18, 2006

Where the Truth Lies

Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan, 2005) [6]
I really don’t have much to say about this except that this wasn’t what I would call an Atom Egoyan film. That could be a bad thing, but it can also be a good thing in that the story of this film is not as psychological as Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter. Egoyan does a good job of re-creating the different eras of the film, and the film has some really nice images. The performances are a little hit and miss; Kevin Bacon is outstanding but Alison Lohman is a little too shrill and chirpy for a role needs some more steeliness. The one problem I have is that the film gets buried beneath its own intentions. What we have here is a murder mystery but it gets so muddled that it washes over the entire film. From watching this I get frustrated with the way the uncovering of the murder happens. But what works is that Egoyan creates a great representation of a way the world was for two successful entertainers that happened to have underlying tragic circumstances.

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