Chloe is the kind of suspenseful psychological thriller that we've come to expect from director Atom Egoyan. The story is set in Toronto and revolves around married couple David and Catherine, played by Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore respectively. On the surface they appear to be the perfect couple, David being a professor and Catherine a doctor. However, Catherine has long suspected David of having a wondering eye and being unfaithful to her, and so she decides to test her theory of infidelity. Catherine then hires an escort, the titular character played by Amanda Seyfried, imploring her to tempt David into an indiscretion and then report back to her on whether or not he was willing to go through with it. As the plot unfolds Chloe becomes more and more involved with David, Catherine, and even their son as well. Chloe pushes the boundaries of her relationships with all three members of the family, but while the intention is to develop a relationship between Chloe and David, the movie begins to focus in on the relationship between Chloe and Catherine. Chloe begins to develop deep affections towards Catherine in what begins to border on obsession. Meanwhile, Catherine allows herself to be drawn closer and closer to Chloe, as she attempts to get closer to the truth about her husband. Catherine ultimately gets pulled in too close to Chloe and by the time she tries to get out Chloe's obsession with Catherine and the entire family is out of control and Catherine finds herself unable to get rid of her and keep her from interfering with her marriage and her family.
The movie as a whole is full of subtle twists and turns that are constantly changing what the audience expects to happen. Every scene of the movie is filled with great tension between the characters, which creates a great buildup to the twist ending. The acting throughout the film is excellent, which is what makes the movie work. Moore gives a fantastic performance and the young Seyfried delivers a breakout performance, living up to the challenge of sharing to so many scenes with Moore. From start to finish, Chloe is filled with drama, suspense, and intense sensuality, which makes it a great thriller that's worth seeing.
- Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Nina Dobrev, R.H. Thomson
- Sony Pictures Classics
- Atom Egoyan