Wednesday, 23 October 2013

MOVIE REVIEW - COMPULSION

Intriguing film this and I was not sure what to expect. The trailer was Heather Graham wearing a lovely fitted kind of 1950's style dress - the filming done in a very colourful stylistic manner. So I gave it a go. Graham is superb and portrays her character with flare and charisma, but clearly as someone who is slowly deteriorating as her Obsessive Compulsion to buy love through food takes full hold. Her clothes are stunning and she plays the role well. One part in particular reminds me of a classic scene in the War of the Roses where Kathleen Turner purrs "woof" to Michael Douglas implying the dog is the dinner. Not so subtle here!!

Enter Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity from Matrix) as equally disturbed neighbour of Graham. Dressed as a frumpy has been you would barely expect the relationship that develops between the 2 main characters as they find a bond within their obsessions. Graham fearful of rejection attempts to feed her neighbour to bring her out of herself. Moss somehow allows this, although the connection is not fully explored and does leave you pondering somewhat.

Kevin Dillon and Joe Mategna provide good support, and the ending is Hitchcock-esque and you are left to imagine. Not the greatest script as the story has some holes, but in terms of visual appeal it doesn't disappoint. Heather Graham has a figure that men will lust for and women will want to emulate. I personally want the wardrobe she has in this film!!! All in all, worth a watch but not a classic. I give this 5 out of 10 purely for Graham's and the visual glamour.

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