Not having read this particular novel of Ian McEwan's, I felt that the filmmakers had nonetheless captured some of the essence of his writing style - layers and meanings interwoven throughout a story. An amazing performance by Craig to prove that he's an actor of multi-faceted ability. There's a realism in this story that is quite startling, especially in the interaction of characters, and the accident, haunting throughout the rest of the film, gaining even more impact past the shock of that first scene. There's much to this film, with the "balloon" throughout in metaphorical appearances. Very memorable film that I liked very much.
Sadly this film messes around with the book to give it an "action" ending which completely changes the focus of McEwan's original story. Slow in places and dark in others, as a film it's meh but as the retelling of a well thought out and developed story I enjoyed from page it's poor.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie - the pacing was slow but that only built the anticipation and the feeling of unknowing. A great part for Craig, and Ifans was excellent - certainly not what I expected, but I hope that the book is just as good. I did not get all the dialogue (pity there were no subtitles), and felt that Claire's character was a little underdeveloped. However, the opening scene is terribly memorable, as is the gradual dissolving of Craig's normal life as he and Ifan's character become more deeply involved. Certainly a great exploration of the many sides of love, in all its' guises...
This movie has a really interesting story-line, however it seemed to drag on a little in places. Worth a look purely to see the sensational performance given by Daniel Craig.
Is insanity contagious? You'd think so after seeing this movie. How a scene of love can so quickly turn into love-lost in so many ways dominates the story. All due to an unexpected incident with unimaginable consequences.
A great movie; it starts with a real punch - beaut performance by Daniel Craig and Rhys Ifens was pretty spooky. Watch it and like me you will think "just how good is Rhys" !
Much ado about nothing much - too specific to relate to it.
Fancilful story made watchable by great British cast. See Daniel Craig before he buffed up for James Bond, but still completely gorgeous. Rhys Ifhans is chillingly good. I enjoyed it.
A bit offbeat, but I found it quite engrossing. Excellent performances.
Worth Watching - Dark movie that doesn't seems to be dark.
This is a very difficult film to like and is a poor adaptation of the book despite having the author as a producer. Here the lead actor is a very unsympathetic character and you don't really care what happens to him. The ending has been changed from that in the book and is more violent. This film is an example where reading the book is a far richer and satisfying experience.
Gripping-Rhys Ifans and, especially, Daniel Craig unforgettable. This is one time where a better movie has been made of a very good book.
Found this fairly pointless. Some parts (the trauma of witnessing a tragedy) were realistic, but the whole movie was generally boring and unbelievably silly. Why would Joe not go to the police?
A thriller par excellence. Disturbing portral of a psychotic bully by Rhys Ifans and a sad indictment of those not prepared to believe or understand the anguish of their loved ones.
Interesting. Had me involved from the first scene. Steadily paced but subtley accelerating plot. Probably works on several levels but I'm too dumb to see them all. Fatal attraction for the new century.
Interesting. Had me in from the opening scene. Evenly paced pyschological drama yet with a subtle escalation in plot. Probably works on several levels but I'm too dumb to see them all. Fatal attraction for the new century.
Interesting. Evenly paced pyschological drama that kept me involved from the opening scene. Subtley accelerating plot that probably operates on several levels but I'm too dumb too see them all. Fatal attraction for the new century.
Am afraid I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. A captivating start to a film and then it was downright boring. What a disappointment. A dud!!!
This movie kept me enthralled from start to finish. It was very graphic in parts and Jed was creepy, which means the actor played his part very well, as did the whole cast.