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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Video Beaverhausen: Before I Go to Sleep with Nicole Kidman & Colin Firth

This film, released in the USA on Halloween day 2014, was another box office flop for Nicole Kidman. Can she afford yet another? Her starring role in the biopic of Princess Grace Kelly received such hostile reception at Cannes, it was immediately sold to Lifetime tv in this country without theatrical release whatsoever.

In Before I Go to Sleep, Nicole wakes up in bed next to a man she doesn't know. (Sound familiar, anybody?) That the man is Colin Firth would not be a problem if I were in her sheets. Though slow-going, the movie (based on a best-seller outside the US) gratefully runs a trim 90 minutes.

I couldn't help but wonder if Kidman could relate to the opening premise by asociating it with her marriage to Tom Cruise.

If paranoid feminist fantasies are, however, your cup of tea, welcome to this, though not nearly as entertaining and fun as I Married a Monster from Outer Space. All men are monsters seemed to be  the message here.As Kidman starred in The Stepford Wives spoof already, this effort may seem redundant -- only much grimmer. However, a knight in shining armor does show up for the denouement, blowing the whole feminist point of view.

Though everyone herein has British accents, exteriors suggest the movie was shot in NYC. Directed with a screenplay by Rowan Jaffe (from a novel by AJ Watson), this is a story based on intrigue that fails to intrigue.despite late twists and turns, mostly near the end.

By finale, you might ask yourself what the point of this whole, dark exercise was about. Or not give a rat's ass.

While I appreciate Kidman's going after edgier material, girl, you better sign on to a prospective commercial blockbuster at this point in your career.

Warning: you may lose interest as you watch and even develop a "who cares?" attitude along the way

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