It seems like every time I turn around Liam Neeson has a new movie coming out. In this thriller, which is a remake of a 2003 French film called Nathalie,Nesson shares the screen with the extremely talented Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia!). Chloe is directed by Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).
Catherine Stewart (Moore) has a very successful medical career. However, her family life is far from successful. Her husband David (Nesson) is more interested in his work as a music professor than he is about her or their marriage. Plus, he enjoys flirting with young women every chance he gets, even in front of Catherine.
Catherine’s son Michael (Max Thieriot, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) shows no interest in being anywhere near his mother. We don’t ever find out why, but he seems content to be rude to his mother every chance he gets.
One day Catherine finds a message of David’s cell phone that makes her fear that David is not just flirting now, but he is having an affair on her. The message says, “Thanks for last night!” and there’s a picture of David smiling with his arm around a young woman that looks old enough to be his daughter. What would you think?
Instead of confronting David, which seems logical, Catherine decides to hire a high-priced call girl named Chloe (Seyfried) to seduce David and see how far he goes with her. After a few meetings with Catherine, Chloe begins to develop her own agenda that will have freighting results for everyone.
The best thing Chloe has going for it are the wonderful performances by Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Moore is very natural when she displays a wide range of emotions from anger to hurt to confusion and so on. She makes you feel the anguish that Catherine is feeling as it appears her whole life is falling apart right in front of her.
Amanda Seyfried seemingly has no difficulty being quite seductive. Her siren-like voice combined with her baby-blue eyes and long flowing-golden hair could easily melt the heart of any man OR woman. When Chloe doesn’t get what she wants, Seyfried does a terrific job of going from provocative to Fatal Attraction-like disturbed.
Moore and Seyfried are wonderful together. Their intimate scenes together will surely get your heart pumping and make you breath a little faster. Wow!
There were a few areas where screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson’s script could have been better or fails completely. We can see that Catherine and Michael have a very rock relationship, but it is never explained why. David makes a comment that Michael is receiving therapy and that he’ll be fine. Therapy for what? It would have been nice if Wilson would have given us a little more information about this.
Also, Wilson does not give us any background material on Chloe. What events led her to her current situation? It is not hard to tell that Chloe has some unresolved issues. What happened to her?
Finally, the “surprise” near the end of the movie was really no surprise at all. It was not difficult to see what was happening throughout the movie, so this “revelation” should not catch most people off guard. If I could see it coming, I’m sure you’ll be able to as well.
The performances of Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried effortlessly overcome these minor shortfalls and make Chloe a satisfying watch. If you’re a fan of the beautiful but dangerous lady, such as Basic Instinct or The Hand That Rocks the Craddle, then Chloe will not disappoint you.
Chloe is currently available on DVD.