The Two Faces of January

2014

Action / Romance / Thriller

178
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 48%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 26392

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Kirsten Dunst as Colette
Oscar Isaac as Rydal
Viggo Mortensen as Chester
David Warshofsky as Paul Vittorio
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1hr 36 min
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1hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jackson Booth-Millard 5 / 10

The Two Faces of January

I knew the leading actor and actress starring in this movie, to be honest this was good enough reason for me to watch, but also it had been on television a number of times, without me getting the opportunity to see it, so I finally made the effort to watch eventually. Basically set in 1962, charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) are a glamorous couple from America touring Greece, they visit visit the Acropolis of Athens. While sightseeing they encounter a fellow American, young Greek-speaking Rydal (Oscar Isaac) who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side, he is impressed with Chester's wealth and sophistication and drawn to Colette's beauty. Rydal accepts the couple's invitation to dinner, but all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands, Chester hides a dark secret, he is con artist, after dinner he is confronted by a private detective, hired by victims of Chester's investment swindles. The detective pulls a gun, in a brief struggle the detective falls and hits his head, Chester finds Rydal in the corridor and demands he help him move the body, he claims the man tried to attack him and assumes he is only unconscious, but the man is dead. In the moment, Rydal agrees to help, but events take a sinister turn and he finds himself compromised and unable to get himself out, he is forced to join Chester and Colette as they go on the run. Rydal continues his infatuation for the vulnerable and responsive Colette, but this only antagonises Chester with increasing jealousy, creating more tensions and paranoia, it becomes a dangerous game of wits between the two men. They are forced to hide in the ruins of Knossos, Chester lures Rydal in and knocks him out, when he emerges, assuming Rydal is dead, Colette tells Chester that this is no way to live, fleeing from one part of the world to another, always afraid that they will be found out by the police, Chester grabs her and tries to force her to come with him, but they struggle, she loses balance, and falls to her death. Rydal comes round the next morning and finds Colette's body, he tracks down Chester, the two men realise they are now bound together by the deaths of the detective and Colette, and the acquisition of false passports, they take a ship back to Athens and go to the airport, Chester pretends to buy tickets to Frankfurt for them both, but leaves Rydal behind, with incriminating evidence. Rydal is arrested, the authorities make a deal with him, forcing him to wear a wire and demand a meeting with Chester in the Grand Bazaar, but Chester suspects his constant questioning and realising he is trying to force a confession out of him. In the end, the police shoot Chester when he attempts to flee, as he lies dying, he speaks into the wire, admitting his responsibility for the deaths of the detective and Colette, exonerating Rydal, Rydal is released, he requests for Chester to buried in Istanbul, he visits his grave and buries Colette's bracelet at the tombstone, and walks away. Also starring Daisy Bevan as Lauren, David Warshofsky as Paul Vittorio and Omiros Poulakis as Nikos. Motensen, Isaac and Dunst all give good performances, it is a simple story of a targeted couple, one being a conman, becoming embroiled with a scam artist in a cat and mouse game with the authorities, it is perhaps a little more style over substance, the costumes, period detail, use of colour and locations look fabulous, but I found myself losing a track a little sometimes, but the plot is full of worthwhile intrigue, and moments of suspense and tension work well, all in all it is reasonable thriller. Worth watching!

Reviewed by dakjets 8 / 10

Strong and unpredictable thriller with Viggo Mortensen

If you like the Alfred Hitchcock genre, this is perfect for you. The fairly low rating can be overlooked, because this is a good movie. Although no classic. The story spins around a successful American couple on holiday in Greece. Or are they really on holiday? A third person is involved with the couple, and the story is based on a kill that is committed. The three main characters perform well and manage to convey the tension between as the story goes on. In particular, Viggo Mortensen is good as most of the times. His being and personality make this both unpredictable and nerve-racking. The characters are not what you might think, and this gives the movie an extra dimension. The ending is also surprising. This is not a masterpiece, but certainly good narrative art, and filmed in a well-executed and good way. Recommend it.

Reviewed by The Couchpotatoes 6 / 10

Good acting but slow story

Strange title for this movie. Maybe I just don't get it. But the movie itself is watchable. It's not the greatest even though I can see people really liking The Two Faces Of January. For me it was just a little bit too slow, but that's my opinion. It could have used a bit more conning since the main characters are both con artists. Other than that the story is enjoyable and easy to watch. The main actors are Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. The three of them are basically the only important actors of this movie so a bit of variety could have helped. But you can't fault any of them for their acting. That was all very good. Do I regret watching it? No. Will I watch it again in the future? No.

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