Passion
2012
*
Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson, Rainer Bock, Benjamin Sadler

Christine is a charming but ruthless ad agency executive who likes to put her lovers and underlings in their place. However, usurping and humiliating her subordinate Isabelle seems to be a step too far. With this remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 film Love Crime, Brian De Palma makes a crushingly disappointing return to the Hitchcockian thrillers of his early career. He has toned down his trademark visual flamboyance (apart from a seemingly endless split-screen murder scene), but when the script is overcooked but thuddingly boring, and the performances by McAdams and Rapace some of worst in living memory, the resulting film is simply awful. To make matters worse, the screen is filled with characters who do not resemble human beings and the events take place in a weird English-speaking movie Berlin.