This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.
Who? Directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson
Why? About two decades ago in a galaxy not so far away, moviegoers couldn't get enough of erotic thrillers like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, Poison Ivy and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. There seems to be an attempt of a revival lately with movies like Obsessed, which featured a crazy-good performance by Ali Larter and an embarrassing one for Beyoncé as the angry mother hen.
Chloe doesn't feature an ice pick or boiling bunny rabbits, but psychosexual cinema fans will applaud its arrival. Julianne Moore plays Catherine, a gynecologist who suspects her husband, David (Liam Neeson), is cheating on her. From her office window overlooking a busy city street, Catherine notices a beautiful prostitute named Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) who takes clients to a posh hotel every day. Catherine works up the nerve to approach Chloe at the hotel bar and hires the young prostitute to try to seduce David so Catherine can see if her husband will take the irresistible bait. Chloe returns with increasingly graphic tales about what she says she is doing with David that at first alarm Catherine but then seem to turn her on because the stories make her feel closer to her husband. Things take a real trashy turn when, confused, Catherine sleeps with Chloe and the young woman becomes obsessed with the beautiful ginger-haired doctor. Realizing she has gone too far, Catherine is forced to confront Chloe one last time as Chloe starts seducing Catherine's teenage son and will stop at nothing to be a part of Catherine's life.
If this movie had a lesser cast, Chloe
would come across as total camp. Instead, Moore proves that she is a fearless actress with an explicit sex scene with Seyfried. The young Seyfried, in turn, shows that she is capable of more mature and demanding roles than Letters to Juliet
and Mamma Mia!
. Neeson is also smooth as the flirty husband who may or may not be a pathological adulterer. Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan may not push this material to the boiling point like Basic Instinct
or Fatal Attraction
and the climax won't make you see fireworks, but it still feels good to let him push your buttons while you're along for the ride.
What Else?: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes and a commentary with Egoyan, Seyfried and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson. The best extra is a behind-the-scenes look with "The Making of Chloe.