Wednesday, October 24, 2012



Joaquin Phoenix: World War II Naval Officer Freddie Quell
Philip Seymore Hoffman: Lancaster Dodd, founder of “The Cause”
Amy Adams: his wife Peggy
Ambyr Childers Dodd’s daughter Elizabeth
Rami Malek: Clark, her betrothed
Jesse Plemons: Dodd’s eldest son Val
Laura Dem: Helen Sullivan, one of Dodd’s wealthy supporters,

This film is clearly geared to the more discerning mature viewer, primarily because Freddie’s violent and erratic behaviour is disturbing to watch. But he is not alone: some of what others do is unsettling as well.

Some members of the audience will regard Freddie’s sexual fantasies as repulsive and nearly everyone will find the movie too long at 2 hours and 17 minutes.

However, those willing to hang in are sure to agree that Freddie’s performance has all the earmarks of Academy Award nomination. As usual Hoffman does a very credible job of it and Adams shows she really can act. However good acting alone does not make a good movie.

 for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

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