Watch: Out of the Blue 2022 123movies, Full Movie Online – Connor, a man whose dull life is transformed into a thrilling fantasy world thanks to the seductive Marilyn..
Plot: After spending time in prison following an assault charge, Connor Bates now works in a library and spends his free time running, swimming, and trying to piece his world back together. When he meets Marilyn Chambers, the wife of a wealthy businessman, they collide into an intense physical and emotional relationship that quickly escalates into idle talk about her husband’s murder.
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|4.0/10 Votes: 500|
|15% | RottenTomatoes|
|39/100 | MetaCritic|
|N/A Votes: 12 Popularity: 6.276 | TMDB|
More of an “exercise de style” than a good movie
The movie is well filmed, well played (even if it is not well-written) but makes no sense and has a plot that is weak to say the least.
There are screen cards telling you the time that passes between each scene as in silent movies. I understand the intention : this is not reality but an interpretation of it by the main character. It does not work because these cards are there every two minutes. They become very annoying and cut the fluidity of the story. It gives the impression taht every scene is a sketch independent from the other scenes, thus creating a story that isn’t one. You lose interest pretty fast in my opinion.
The story in tiself is pretty basic. I think the directior who also wrote this movie wanted to look at this genre (the erotic thriller) with a cynical eye. But if that was the case, the movie in general takes itself too seriously for it to be a critique piece of this cheap gimmicky genre.
And well the end is a gimmick made to shock us and reveal the absurdity of this kind of movies. But it is a bit forced and cringy.
Maybe I am reading to much in this, but there are not any black actors or extras on-screen. Is the director saying that these thriller-thingys are often all-white. It made me wonder and it is true that these erotic-thrillers that I saw lately (the Affleck one adapted from Highsmith’s novel…and others I don’t remember the titles) are all-white cast. They are all pretty bad too.
I think it is time to declare these thrillers dead and begin to make thrillers where the story takes central stage instead of the twists. Deceivng the audience is cool and all-that, but not when it impoverishes the plot and takes the audience for a “babbling bumbling band of baboons”.
I will give this 4 for the actors and the director’s filming but even if it is a critique it is not a well made one.
Poor rendition of Body Heat
Follows similar story of 1981’s Body Heat.
Could tell the director’s decisions were aiming to have some sort of artistic value added but were questionable and fell short of the desired effect – odd transitions, meaningless scenes, forced music, and long scenes with dialogue that felt redundant failing to move the story forward.
Hard to root for or get attached to any of the characters – none of them felt real, all kind of forced stereotypes. Each of the main characters (Diane Kruger and Ray Nicholson) were equally mysterious, but didn’t feel like any substance between them, just physical attraction. The dialogue and decisions they made felt more like a Hollywood creation than anything based on reality or logical thinking.
Side characters were pretty good. The boyfriend (Yousef Abu-Taleb) at the end stole the movie for me and felt like the only real character in entire story. Parole officer (Hank Azaria) was good, his intro scene playing the role of a no non-sense tough cop was over the top. The deputy (Fred Weller) was even more over the top, but felt more in-line with the spiteful, I am the law, kinda persona a cop on a power-trip gives off.
Entire time watching, felt like a different take on Body Heat. Want to again mention weird transitions – if the director.(Neil. LaBute) reads this, what are you doing??
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Romance, Thriller
Director Neil LaBute
Writer Neil LaBute
Actors Diane Kruger, Hank Azaria, Ray Nicholson
Country United States
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