In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.
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A psychological noir thriller set in 1960's New York based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, 'The Blunderer'. Walter Stackhouse is rich, successful and unhappily married to the beautiful but damaged Clara. His desire to be free of her feeds his obsession with Kimmel, a man suspected of brutally murdering his own wife. But when Clara is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Walter's string of lies and his own guilty thoughts seem enough to condemn him. As his life becomes dangerously entwined with Kimmel's, a ruthless cop is increasingly convinced he has found a copycat killer in Walter and aims to nail both murderers.
Hints of De Palma but then the story ends up going nowhere
This was a beautifully shot film and at points I thought I was watching a Brian De Palma film, but all of that went out south in the last ten minutes.
The story had built up nicely and I was salivating at the prospect of a wild twist of an ending. The cast and the acting were all top notch and it held up nicely as the period piece it intended to be, but then things started going haywire and it all just fell apart.
It really seemed as if the movie perhaps ran out of money in the budget and then they just slapped together some incoherent garbage and called it a day. There has to be some explanation. I mean, the first hour plus of the movie was really well done so what the heck happened? It's a shame too because with the right editing it could have been great.
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