Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family vacation turns violent.
|Release Date||:||November 4, 2016|
|Production Company||:||Universal Pictures, Artina Films, Fade to Black Productions, Focus Features|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Tom Ford, Christophe Le Chanu, Jason Blumenfeld, Scott Peterson|
|Writers||:||Tom Ford, Austin Wright|
|Casts||:||Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Ellie Bamber, Karl Glusman, Robert Aramayo, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen, India Salvor Menuez, Imogen Waterhouse, Zawe Ashton, Jena Malone, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Neil Jackson, Graham Beckel, Lee Benton, Tonia Marie Rosée, Peggy Fields Richardson, Piper Major, Janet Song, Maria Zyrianova, Carson Nicely, Jack Wallace, Franco Vega, Nick Hounslow, Chelsea Taylor, Amanda Fields, Josh Ford, Michele Dunn, Lori Jean Wilson|
|Plot Keywords||:||female nudity, based on novel, hostage, nudity, loss of daughter, mother daughter relationship, loss of wife, overbearing mother, flashback, death of wife, unfaithful wife|
The second film from designer turned directory Tom Ford was not just a visual masterpiece but had great narrative. The plot of the movie which is three narratives combined into one and tells the story of Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) an art gallery owner who receives a manuscript of her ex-husband's (Jake Gyllenhaal) thriller novel dedicated to her. The way that the story was told was bold, strange and very unique to me. Even though a movie with three narratives might sound clumsy but it wasn't, the stories of different time lines did not overlap each other rather it made the story complete with showing different aspects of the characters.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance as Ray Marcus was definitely my favorite, he was so creep and repulsive to watch. The brilliant Michael Shannon was also in this movie as Bobby Andes with great Oscar worthy performance. Overall, I loved this movie for it's visual look and appeal of it's leading characters. While I was watching the movie I liked Tom Ford's directing style, storytelling, cinematography and after watching it I started to think about it while connecting the dots between the different narratives and it easily became my favorite movie to think about. If you really like movies that makes you think and eventually re-watch them over again then this movie is for you.