The Other Man

2010-10-14 14:54
What it's about:

Peter (Liam Neeson) finds out that has wife Lisa (Laura Linney) has a secret lover. He sets out to find and meet Ralph (Antonio Banderas), but struggles to find the answers he is looking for.

What we thought of it:

The Other Man's premise entices one with the allure of illicit sex, betrayal and drama. Unfortunately, all it delivers is the sad realisation that love isn't always exclusive.

One expects scandalous revelations, devious plans and the madness of lovers to unravel and fall apart into splendid entropy. But this storyline is perhaps truer to life than I can appreciate. Instead of pulling apart the bits and pieces of an affair, Peter unwittingly puts himself back together while delving into the details of Lisa and Ralph's relationship.

Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas are strong leading men playing pissy, irritating characters. The discord is very distracting. Lisa seemed like a very intriguing woman, and Laura Linney tackles flawed females fabulously, but she doesn't get enough screen time to be appreciated.

Romola Garai plays Peter and Lisa's grown-up daughter Abigail. In theory Abigail's role is probably the reason why Lisa never left Peter, but in practice there's very little her character contributes to the story.

It's a very different take on a love triangle, but it doesn't work very well. It's difficult to connect with the characters and the outcomes are unrewarding. What an utterly disappointing delivery from such a fabulous cast.

Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas dance awkwardly around each other in this poorly constructed take on deception.

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