Cinema Clips: Complete Unknown

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One would expect great things form a film featuring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, but the end result is just sort of weird.

Weisz plays Alice, a woman who has been reinventing herself for the past 15 years, assuming new identities and occupations all over the world. She winds up at a dinner party where Tom (Shannon) has some major suspicions about her.

Director Joshua Martin’s movie feels like it’s meandering a bit too much all too often, and the performers feel a little listless and lost. Shannon and Weisz have a couple of very good scenes together, but it’s all for naught because the characterizations never feel complete. Alice would seem to be a chance for Weisz to really cut loose, but the character is written with no real charms or intelligence. She’s just a boring, uncreative liar, and any statement the film is trying to make about the meaning of one’s identity falls flat. Shannon is good here, but Shannon is always good. He, too, is never really allowed to do much with his time in the film.

There are some walk-ons by some fairly well known actors and actresses late in the film, and that provides an interesting jolt, but not enough to pump any real life into the movie.

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