It’s fair to say that that Atom Egoyan has been in a creative slump lately… but for how long? The 1997 drama The Sweet Hereafter was Egoyan’s last near-universally acclaimed film, though I’d argue that 1999’s Felicia’s Journey is highly underrated, and though I don’t expect a lot of people to agree with me—maybe not even Egoyan himself—I think the lurid 2009 thriller Chloe is a really good film, even if it’s way out-of-character for the usually chilly Canadian writer-director. Egoyan and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson bypass the cerebral, shooting for shock and camp in their remake of Anne Fontaine’s French film Nathalie…, making something gloriously, deliriously overheated. Julianne Moore plays a fussy gynecologist who suspects that her husband (played by Liam Neeson) is cheating on her, which she tries to confirm by hiring a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to tempt him. A series of near-farcical misunderstandings ensue, as Chloe gradually develops into the story of one uptight woman’s descent into the tawdry, with crazy twists galore. If nothing else, Chloe proves that Egoyan could make slick commercial movies if he wanted to—and that maybe she do it more often. Chloe will be on Starz’s Indieplex channel tonight at 10:50 p.m. Eastern.
November 18, 2014 Cable Pick Of The Day