Quick Review: The Two Faces of January (2014)



The Two Faces of January (2014)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac

Plot: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

My Rating: 7 out of 10

My Quick Review and Thoughts:


A very nice simple thriller. It comes together as a drama mixed with some tension that slowly builds into a spiral of mystery of murder. Perfect acting by all. Rich characters and solid direction. It has an Alfred Hitchcock style that plays out through an awesome suspenseful music soundtrack wonderfully composed by Alberto Iglesias. A complex Hitchcockian style that tries to bring some brilliance of film making but tends to fall a little short. The movie is a good watch and I enjoyed it but it is something that I won’t return to. Directed by Hossein Amini. This is his first feature film directorial debut and he did an amazing first time job. He is also a solid screenplay writer. This is a movie based on a novel by the late great master story teller Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith is a god at creating impressive thrillers. She wrote one of my all-time favorites The Talented Mr. Ripley. She is also responsible for the story of one my all-time favorite Alfred Hitchcock films Strangers on a Train. She had away with creating the ultimate tight unnerving tension. Phenomenal performances by all.  Viggo Mortensen as always builds his character with stylish ease and mysterious wonder. Kirsten Dunst did a great job as the leading lady. The award goes to an actor I have become infatuated with ever since seeing his brilliance in the leading role in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) the  stunning  Oscar Isaac creates every character he acts with perfection and the part of Rydal is no different. It’s a fast paced at times and then a slow burn build up at times. The plot works. The direction works and the acting is by far the best of its reality. The movie will be praised and loved by old school murder mystery lover on the line of Agatha Christie or Hitchcock.