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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
In the beginning Rydal recounts the legend of Aegeus on the steps of the Acropolis and says that it was there that Aegeus jumped to his death after his son, Theseus returned from Crete and forgot to change the black sails to white to denote his success. This is untrue; you would not be able to see the Aegean from the Acropolis, anyway. According to the legend Aegeus was waiting for the ships to arrive at Cape Sounion and when he saw the black sails he plunged into the sea (which is called the Aegean Sea after him). It is unlikely that a tour guide would not know how to recount the legend properly. See more »
Review: This is a dramatic movie about a con man who kills a undercover agent and finds himself on the run from the law, with his wife and a tour guide who tries to help them get out of Athens. After a while he realises that the tour guide has fallen in love with his wife and after a dramatic chain of events, the tour guide and Mortensen, both find themselves on the run from the law. I found the movie to be very basic but full of tension throughout. The storyline wasn't overly complicated and the director didn't really show the depth of the characters. All the way through the movie, the characters are nervous and scared of getting caught so there wasn't anything else that interesting going on. The chemistry between the characters was good and believable but the storyline seemed a bit weak. The showdown at the end between the two main characters could have been better, but overall, it's an average movie that won't go down as a classic. Average!
Round-Up: Viggo Mortensen really doesn't take on that many projects, which is a shame because I rate him as an actor. I liked him in A History Of Violence and he was great in the Lord Of The Rings franchise, but he hasn't done that much since. Kirsten Dunst seems to act the same in all of her roles so I don't really class her as a versatile actress. In this movie, her style worked as the love interest of both main characters, but it would be good to see her in something that is out of her comfort zone. Oscars Isaac is starting to bloom in the latter part of his acting career. Starring as the main character in Inside Llewyn Davis and having cameos in the Bourne Legacy and Drive, I'm sure that he's happy with his port folio. All three actors put in good performances, but it's the storyline that really needed some work.
Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $4million
I recommend this movie to people who are into there intense dramas about a tour guide trying to get a couple out Athens after a tragic murder. 5/10
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