If you wonder what Emily Blunt did early in her career well this film will give you some indication. It is a typical “early in my career” film. One that is not very good and yet there is something about Emily which leads you to believe that she is going to have a good career.
Part of the problem with the film is the stereotypes of women that it is based upon. According to this film apparently there are two types of women in the world – the crazed seductress and the hysterically paranoid middle aged woman. Rather restrictive, I’d say, and neither really appealing. Ann Turner’s (Dallas Doll, Hammers Over the Anvil) film (she wrote and directed it) falls into the trap many a film has in that it portrays a rather narrow view of women. Annoyingly so.
American Sophie (Susan Sarandon – Bull Durham, Dead Man Walking) is happily married to the very successful Aussie Craig (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and they live with their children in Australia. That all changes when Mara (Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train, The Devil Wears Prada) comes into their lives.
Mara is a co-worker of Craig’s. A much younger woman. Craig likes her, but Sophie begins to think that Mara is stalking her and pursuing her husband. Craig begins to think his wife is losing her mind. Is she or is Mara that good at hiding her true intentions?
The actors all play their characters well…maybe Susan Sarandon goes a little overboard, but it is kind of required. The problem is the story and direction. Basically, the way the story is told. It plays upon stereotypes and has a twist you can see coming from a mile away. And oh, that ending.
Still, if you are an Emily Blunt fan and have missed this one then you can catch it streaming on Popcornflix.