JULIANNE MOORE AMANDA SEYFRIED LIAM NEESON MAX THIERIOT
I’m usually complaining about film repeating so many predictable. Chloe is a different story, so different that many times I think this script goes so far just to prove to the audience it is daring that it overcompensates. It’s very true that Chloe is original and full of plot twists and characters that are impossible to figure out coupled with the fact that both Oscar nominee Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, A Single Man) is brilliant and Seyfried (Mamma Mia, Dear John) plays her darkest and most provocative role to date. The script and direction isn’t without flaws however, frequently miss-stepping when it comes to dialogue or overly obvious reference that should be subtle or inferred.
After David (Neeson) deliberately misses his birthday party, a surprise birthday party Catherine (Moore) his wife had planned she finds a message on his phone from a young student. David has always been flirty with his female students and growingly distant from his wife. Catherine hires a young beautiful prostitute named Chloe (Seyfried) to tempt her husband just to see what he would do, Chloe reports exactly what Catherine had feared. Catherine so lost and distraught over the news of her husband, becomes so intrigued with the chemistry Chloe speaks of between she and David, Catherine too goes to bed with the young girl creating a dangerous situation for the entire family.
Moore has always been fascinating to watch on screen and her continuous choice in challenging roles always proves her an honorable risk taker. Her performance here as a mother who has lost the motherly connection with her teenage son and a wife who feels neglected and forgotten by her husband, is full of pity and discomfort. There is a scene where Catherine is home and goes to see her son who is online talking to his girlfriend, then she goes upstairs and her husband is instant messaging a student; this scene really shows where Catherine is, unable to connect with the two men in her life. The scene where Catherine tries to confront her son who is having sex in their house will have many parents angry as Catherine fails miserably and is told by her husband “you know how it was at that age.”
Chloe in part takes a unique look at the tragic side of an affair we rarely see on film, sure most wives don’t want to hear the graphic details (the movie doesn’t leave any detail unsaid) but watching Moore play Catherine so uncomfortable in turn makes the audience uncomfortable and Chloe seems to relish recounting the events. The more I watch Seyfried the more interesting I find her, and its clear taking on a role like this she’s serious about her career. I do think this film goes a few places it probably didn’t need to go, but at the same time pushing those taboo limits is probably why it was so popular in certain indie circles. The fact that it turns into this thriller near the end feels a little contrived, but up until the last five minutes it never hints at how it will end.
Final Thought – Great performances, disturbing behavior.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Jennifer Gih