Before catching Passion in the cinema last Monday (all thanks to Hot 91.3fm), I do not think I have ever watched a M18 movie ever. Hmm. The closest movies were probably NC16 and nothing beyond that rating.
Hahaha, I am nineteen this year.
Anyway, I had no idea what the movie was about so I looked it up on a few review sites as well as the pathetic Wikipedia page (that described the storyline in the most boring way ever). There were many mixed reviews so I was not sure what to feel about it. So, well, I decided to just let the movie surprise me.
Never a viewer of Brian De Palma’s movies, I had no idea what standard his past movies had so I am unable to compare them like other reviewers had. But basing on what I have watched, I quite liked my experience.
I had to pay attention to the details to keep up with the pace of the movie. It was not a standard brainless movie that you simply watch to entertain yourself and forget about it afterwards.
Driven by lies and the power play between Christine (Rachel McAdams) and Isabelle (Noomi Rapace), I kept wondering what was the truth of the situation. Every single character had their motives for murder and they all kept their own secrets, so I started doubting almost everyone by the end of the movie. And realised that maybe the truth was never out to anyone in the first place, because everyone had their own perspectives and chose to see only what they want to see.
After all, life is never black and white with only one version of right and wrong.
Also, I liked the idea of hallucinating and dreams interfering with reality but it might be slightly excessive by the third time. However, there were some scenes that were interpreted to be part of Isabelle’s dreams but I do not seem to want to agree with that view point. There were too many clues and references that tie the beginning and end of the movie together that it felt too dismissive to just blame everything on Isabelle’s wild imagination and her obsessive pill popping. Instead, I felt that the sequence of events were not in chronological order and seems to remind us of Isabelle’s erratic state of mind.
But maybe I am being too imaginative and am reading too much into it?
Anyway, I felt that Christine won in the end – dead or not. She was the only one that got what she wanted: revenge. And the impact will definitely last for a long time for everyone involved.
Oh, and I really liked how the actors were cast into their roles. I am not sure if it is a mere coincidence, but the characters that overpower Isabelle shared softer, innocent and more feminine facial features while Isabelle has a distinct and strong facial structure that makes her more masculine. But Isabelle suffered the most and the first to emotionally breakdown.
It is a very interesting juxtaposition for me and reminds me how appearances really can deceive. Because how you look like may not always convey the intentions and motives you have.
Well, time to watch the rest of Brian De Palma’s works and Love Crime (the movie that Passion is based on). Definitely looking forward to his future works. So glad I discovered this style and genre of film.