Lionsgate presents Anthony Hopkins, Anson Mount and Abbie Cornish in The Virtuoso on Digital Download 30 April and DVD 10 May
Director: Louise Linton
Writer: Louise Linton (Screenplay)
Starring: Louse Linton, Ed Westwick, Shuya Chang, Jimmy Dinh, Tyler Barnes, Gwen Van Dam
Plot: A young thief cases an architectural dream house in Malibu, not realizing it is the home of an eccentric female serial killer.
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Me You Madness starts as we meet eccentric hedge fund manager Catherine Black (Linton)who lives a lavish lifestyle where she buys everything she wants and with her high intelligence, she is always ahead of the game. When Catherine looks to rent out a room in her home, Tyler (Westwick) visits to scope the place out for his thieving ways.
After a wild night together, Catherine find herself bored of Tyler, wanting to show her darker serial killer ways, only to find Tyler causing more problems of Catherine’s carefully planned life.
Thoughts on Me You Madness
Characters & Performances – Catherine is an eccentric hedge fund manager who has a life of luxury and a darker side, she is a serial killer, she finds her life turned upside down by Tyler a man she was just looking to prey on but finds herself drawn too in a battle of wits. Catherine often has monologues into the camera about her choices, which gives the character a self-aware approach. Louise Linton does take the writing and directing roles for the film too, which will give her character even more confidence in this world created. Tyler Jones is a petty thief that looks to view homes before robbing them with Catherine being the latest target, he finds himself falling for her, while also biting off more than he can chew when he learns the truth. Ed Westwick does a good job in this film being the dumber of the too in character, being aware of what he is meant to bring to this character.
Story – The story here follows a rich successful woman who has everything in her life planned out perfectly including finding time to kill people, when she meets a petty thief the two have a bright chemistry that will see them clash and looks to battle each other in a game of wits, where they will need to decide what they want in life. This is a film that is fully self-aware of what is going on, Catherine’s character knows exactly what she is, similar in how Patrick Bateman was in American Psycho. This is the fun part of the film, even if being told each and every mindset can seem like it is being repeated too often in the film. When it comes to the back-and-forth side of the film, it does give both sides the reason to be winning the battles.
Themes – Me You Madness is a comedy that will bring us the extremes of how the rich will live, flashing their wealth in the eyes everyone around them, believing they can control every situation too. The luxury home is the main setting, which always feels like we are about to find yet another room.
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“They say time is the fire in which we burn. I’m running out of it.” – Frans Balder
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Vigilante Lisbeth Salander gets herself involved in a complicated international conspiracy and must find a way to end it all.
My Take on it – Interesting story that adds a bit to the story of the main character of Salander who has been dealing with corrupt officials in Sweden.
This is the first of those stories not based on the works of the original author Stieg Larsson.
The story plays out in a very predictable and typical way and doesn’t manage to reach a much more intriguing level that would help keep things interesting the whole way through.
Claire Foy is fine in the lead, but she isn’t able to give us something as powerful as either of her predecessors in this role.
The story is more toned down in it’s depiction of the depraved and corrupt world than in the previous entries of the series and that lessens part of the effectiveness of the character and her tale.
The one thing that they get right here are the way that they present the action scenes, because they are quite thrilling to watch.
The story itself gets a bit too convoluted along the way and there are far too many aspects of things that don’t seem unique or original enough along the way which hurts things a bit too much.
It’s too bad that this series seems to have burned itself out because it had so much more potential with its characters.
Apparently, the three original novels as written by Larsson were done in the best way possible, and no other author will ever be able to understand and write these characters in a more effective and engaging way that he was during his lifetime.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stieg Larsson had planned to write ten books about Lizbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and the notes are in the possession of his partner, Eva Gabrielson. However, since they were not married, his father and brother inherited the rights to his literary estate upon his death, and the two parties never came to terms about the direction of the series. The family then hired another writer to create new stories. This film is based on the novel of the same name, the fourth book in the series and the first one not to be written by Stieg Larsson as he had died before he could write anymore entries. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)