Friday, 16 May 2014

"In Secret" (The Guardian 16/05/14)

In Secret **
Dir: Charlie 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 Secret opens in selected cinemas from today.

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