Film Brief: The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January - poster smallAnother lame movie title, but it seems to fit this anachronistic piece.  The Two Faces of January was a novel written by Patricia Highsmith in 1964.  She wrote Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was turned into the brilliant French and Italian thriller Purple Noon (1960).   But this production is not brilliant, the direction not adept enough to flesh out the potential of the source material into a great psychological thriller.

The story kept me engaged well enough, but its development began to feel amateurish in the second half, and the ending was exceptionally weak, even goofy.  Not where this movie was trying to head.  And sadly, the Greek sites were not played up or presented at all well.  5/10


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