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Based on Colin Harrison's acclaimed novel Manhattan Nocturne (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a New York City tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home he is a model family man, devoted to his loving wife (Jennifer Beals). But when a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can't resist. In this modern version of a classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail - one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life. MANHATTAN NIGHT will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and On Demand May 20, 2016. Lionsgate Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment Group and 13 Films present in association with Sparkle Roll Media Corporation and Big Indie Pictures a production of Fable...Written by
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Manhattan Night tells you that it will be a movie cut from the film noir cloth, set in the sister world of a hard boiled detective novel. These movies are right up my alley and since Adrien Brody is a somewhat established player I decided to give this movie a chance.
The opening is a little cheesy, with depressing grey shots overlaid with Adrien speaking in monotones about the tough challenges he faces while living in an unforgiving city, but luckily the movie picks up the pace.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the chemistry between Adrien and the beautiful female lead. Romantic scenes felt natural and exciting, and it was a nice change of pace to see her act outside the family oriented TV series "Chuck".
I think you fill find that Manhattan Night Falls short where so many other thriller / mystery movies fall short - delivering on a great set up. It is very easy to set up a riveting crime and grab the viewer's attention. Why was something stolen or why was someone killed or why is someone acting strangely? To elevate the movie to classic status you need to provide a thrilling and satisfying end. But alas, there Sixth Sense type reveals are few and far between. I found the reveal and motivations slightly disappointing.
Manhattan Night was a well acted, medium paced thriller and that rolls slightly off the tracks and misses its final station at the end. Adrien Brody and hardcore crime fans will be partially satisfied and then soon forget this one. A generous 7/10.
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