Sunday, April 13, 2014

Julia (2008)

Director: Erick Zonca. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Aidan Gould. 144 min. Rated R. France/USA /Mexico/Belgium. Crime/Thriller.

Tilda Swinton is a dirty alcoholic with a heart of gold who has hit rock-bottom, and grabs an opportunity to use a millionaire's grandson as bait to extort some major dough. And everything that can possibly go wrong after that does. This is a gripping two-hour plus thriller that never misses a beat, and at several crucial moments reminds us what an incredibly versatile Swinton is. It's entirely her movie, and it was a breath-taking experience to watch how she manages to remain believable during the most unbelievable situations. But you know what? Ebert's four-star review does a better job:

"Tilda Swinton is fearless. She’ll take on any role without her ego, paycheck, vanity or career path playing a part. All that matters, apparently, is whether the movie interests her, and whether she thinks she can do something interesting with the role. She almost always can. She hasn’t often been more fascinating than in “Julia,” a nerve-wracking thriller with a twisty plot and startling realism."

PS: Thank you, Ali S. Awesome recommendation. Again.

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