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I've read other reviews of this film which state that the only good thing in it is Alan Rickman and I am inclined to agree. The directing is poor, the storyline dismal and the script is terrible which isn't helped by poor audio levels. There weren't any subtitles on my DVD so I had no idea what was said for the majority of the movie. Even Alan Rickman wasn't enough to make this interesting because his acting wasn't of his usual standard. When he isn't overacting in an attempt to liven a dull film up, he is sat staring morbidly into space attempting to look moody...and it doesn't work. Nor is he supported by the rest of the cast or even the directing.
The only reason anybody would buy this is because Alan Rickman looks handsome in it. It has nothing else going for it.
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