MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 296 this week

The Two Faces of January (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Romance, Thriller  |  28 August 2014 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 16,955 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 89 user | 185 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

Director:

Writers:

, (based on the novel by)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
 
a list of 31 titles
created 23 Apr 2014
 
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Two Faces of January (2014)

The Two Faces of January (2014) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Two Faces of January.

User Polls

3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A man who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina.

Director: Ana Piterbarg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego
Ticky Tacky (2014)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A wealthy and powerful man is betrayed by those closest to him, and under the guidance of his trusted confidant, devises a fiery requital.

Director: Brian Petsos
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Erika Rankin, Tim Rock
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo
Far from Men (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident, and is then ordered to turn him in to the authorities.

Director: David Oelhoffen
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek
Jauja (2014)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.

Director: Lisandro Alonso
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger
In Secret (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Stratton
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange
Good (2008)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.

Director: Vicente Amorim
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker
Drama

A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

Director: Matt Ross
Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Viggo Mortensen, Missi Pyle
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Babis Chatzidakis ...
Stall Keeper
...
Paul Vittorio
Pat Hillard ...
American Hotel Guest
Ozan Tas ...
Hotel Grand Rceptionist
Peter Mair ...
Elderly Man at Hotel Grand
Helena Jinx Jones ...
Elderly Woman at Hotel Grand
Omiros Poulakis ...
Nikos
George Tzoganidis ...
Heralkion Hotel Receptionist
Ioannis Vordos ...
Cafe Owner
Panagiota Stavrakaki ...
Landlady
Stella Fyrogeni ...
Barmaid (as Stela Fyrogeni)
Edit

Storyline

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and ... Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

28 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Duas Faces de Janeiro  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,116 (USA) (26 September 2014)

Gross:

$506,067 (USA) (19 December 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of transitions, beginnings, gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings, and as such is usually portrayed with two faces, one looking to the future and the other to the past. See more »

Goofs

Before entering the ruins, it is supposedly dark, and rainy. The shadows on the ground however tell another story. The sharp shadows suggests the scene is in broad daylight, and is just darkened to suggest the sudden thunderstorm. See more »

Quotes

Chester MacFarland: I'm sorry I disappointed you.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Film 2015: Episode dated 5 March 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

"Lost Dreams'
Written and performed by Miltiadis Papastamou (as Miltiades Papastamou) and Vasilis Kordatos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This Greek drama is a pure Hitchcockian homage.
1 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Film opens at the Parthenon in Athens. A young male guide, played by Oscar Isaac, is guiding some impressionable girls. An older couple enter the scene. The male, played by Viggo Mortensen, is mature. His younger wife, played by Kirsten Dunst, looks like Doris Day. Thus we seem catapulted into the Hitchcock era. Film is in fact set in 1962, and all scenes seem authentic.

A central theme of far too many Hitchcock films to list, is that of an innocent man caught up in events over which he has no control. In this film, however, we quickly find that Mr Mortensen's character is no innocent. He is, however, quickly thrust into events that are out of his control.

Within the central trio of characters, it is unclear what are their individual motives, or, who is trying to con who. The sexual chemistry and tensions remind of 'Knife in the Water' (1962).

Film is a true Hitchcockian-style suspense movie rather than a thriller. As the tension rises so does the music, which also is pure Hitchcockian, and could easily have been lifted in great chunks from one or more of his movies.

As the tension rises, so too does the pace. From the start, the film moves at a decent pace, but this builds as the film progresses, and the pace gets faster and faster. Great camera shots, great chases, and iconic scenes, also suggest homage to 'The Third Man (1949).

All location shooting was superb. This reviewer, once attempting to follow in the footsteps of Plato, got lost in the mountains, and had to be rescued by shepherds. So it was with a fond familiarity that I saw those same mountains.

One explanation for the Hitchcockian-feel to the movie can be explained by the fact that the film is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film 'Strangers on a Train' was also based on a novel by Miss Highsmith. Thus perhaps it may be more accurate to describe the feel and touch of the movie as Highsmithian rather than Hitchcockian. Miss Highsmith is also the origin of the 'Ripley' stories.

This flawless and faultless masterpiece of a film, is the first full-length film directed by Hossein Amini. He also wrote the screenplay.

This film will appeal to all, though the 12A certificate means that it is unsuitable for young children. Suitable for all others, it is very suitable, and it will be very much appreciated, by classicists and Hitchcock fans.

A masterpiece! 10/10!


38 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Boring and disappointing!! Gioia221
Kirsten Dunst as Viggo's Wife? west182
Why I won't be seeing this movie.. paulxpz
sorry but what is a con artist? nadenton
The Sunglasses josephturner1975
A 'taught' thriller?! ciocio-2
Discuss The Two Faces of January (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?