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By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

British thriller has language, violence, themes of trauma.

Movie NR 2022 91 minutes
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A fractured thriller that has a tightly wound atmosphere, but a slightly looser grip on its plot, this is a movie of two parts that only half succeeds. Low-lit interiors, flickering lights, ominous shadows … the tension in Cordelia is alive in the sets as much as in the actors themselves. Both Campbell-Hughes and Flynn play their characters, Cordelia and Frank, with a veil of secrecy and mystery that adds to the nervy atmosphere. Bleeding together dream and reality, the film toys with perceived reality, as the pair play a game of cat and mouse, their roles never quite clearly defined.

Unfortunately the plot only intrigues up until the final half hour. Then it seems to detach and float into a dreamlike state of bypassing the whys and hows in favor of the unsettling and slightly bizarre. Instead of wrapping up or leaving it open, the ending almost bleeds away, leaving a feeling of dissatisfaction that doesn't quite live up to the movie's early promise.

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