Stratton. With: Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange. 107
mins. Cert: 15
That anonymous title
conceals a yoof-courting take on Thérèse Raquin, bigging up Zola’s humping
and wisecracks, and representing heroine Elizabeth Olsen’s entrapment with
images of corsetry and barred windows that rarely venture beyond the obvious.
Sporadically, its cheek works – Shirley Henderson and Matt Lucas offer droll
support – yet it’s imprisoned by its own glibness, grabbing for sensation over
emotion, and looking silly whenever it misses: Olsen’s performance is one long,
breathy gasp, while mad aunt Jessica Lange succumbs to conniptions over
cowpats. The poison slips down easily enough, but it’s diet cola when set
against 2009’s Korean vampire movie Thirst,
still this book’s most potent screen translation. In Secretopens in selected cinemas from today.