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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

No worthy role models in De Palma's erotic thriller.

Movie R 2013 102 minutes
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For adventurous moviegoers, Brian De Palma's intense style and charged atmosphere, as well as old-fashioned suspense, will be enough to entertain. One of the most brutally powerful of all American directors, De Palma is also one of the most despised. And, as with his last several movies, PASSION is bound to be misunderstood and dismissed. Remaking a 2010 French movie that starred Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas, De Palma takes a relatively thin and somewhat nonsensical story and gives it everything he has. He uses heavy blues, dark shadowy slashes, split-screen, nightmares, and sudden shocks, all for maximum effect. Much like Hitchcock and Polanski -- to whom De Palma is often, unfavorably compared -- this veteran filmmaker seemingly has a plan for every shot. Nothing feels arbitrary or uncertain. Though it doesn't quite rank with De Palma's best, Passion is far better than the ordinary.

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