Over the years Brian De Palma has delivered some of the most iconic and classic films including Carrie, The Untouchables, Scarface, and Carlito’s Way to name a few. While he has taken on numerous genres, his crime noir style films have been the most impactful and he is somewhat returning to that style with his latest Passion. Here he brings the crime noir style and infuses it with sexual tensions in hopes to return to the greatness of some his previous works. With a great couple of leads including Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace could this be the one that brings him back to form after a couple of duds or does it lack the passion he once had?
Passion follows the rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. Initially this film is pretty slow, but thanks to De Palma’s signature style helps it to limp along into a pretty decent crime thriller. The story isn’t really all that surprising and for some time is pretty predictable, but as things head down the darker path things get increasingly more interesting. Both McAdams and Rapace deliver great performances and have good chemistry for both the friendly and bad aspects of their relationship. While it feels as though it is heading in a pretty erotic direction in the story and while it does have glimpses of that aspect it really keeps itself pretty toned down. Most of the movie is pretty predictable as to where things are clearly heading, but as things finally start to escalate the twists and turns kick in making it feel more worth the time in regards to some of the slow pacing you have to deal with from time to time.
This film sports some vintage De Palma visuals and probably one of his better films in some time but far from his best. The trailers will lead most to think this is an erotic thriller, but it really isn’t and could be the factor that put some off. This has all the same elements of betrayal, lust, and murder, but uses the cutthroat world of business and advertising to bring it together. If you are a fan of De Palmas or thrillers then give Passion a try it is worth the ride so grab your copy on Blu-ray and DVD that not only features the film but also an interviews with De Palma, Rapace and McAdams.