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5.0 out of 5 stars All I have to do is press send....
Rapace and McAdams are bitter rivals working for the same company, in this return to form movie from De Palma.

Rapace is the underling to McAdams exec, and when the latter takes credit for Rapaces work, rivalry ensues. But McAdams takes things a little too far, and eventually it leads to humiliation, and murder.

If you are a fan of De Palma, the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST BUSINESS,
The film focuses on the manipulative Christine (Rachel McAdams) who heads the London branch of an ad agency. She desires to get transferred to NY. She has no problem talking credit for Isabel's (Noomi Rapace) ideas. Dirk (Paul Anderson) completes the third side of this love triangle. Isabel attempts to fight back, but is no match for Christine. The back and forth smartly...
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I have to do is press send...., 12 Nov 2013
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
Rapace and McAdams are bitter rivals working for the same company, in this return to form movie from De Palma.

Rapace is the underling to McAdams exec, and when the latter takes credit for Rapaces work, rivalry ensues. But McAdams takes things a little too far, and eventually it leads to humiliation, and murder.

If you are a fan of De Palma, the first thing you realise is that this movie harks back to his best Hitchcockian 'homages' , such as Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Body Double. And in my opinion, these movies are his best pieces of work (Carlitos Way is his best film, but his big budget movies in my opinion, are just side projects).

What you also notice is, besides all the technology (especially Apple), how eighties the film feels, and how sanitised the film, and the sets look.

But I really cannot understand why this has such a low rating, and why it never had a wider release. Yes its schlocky, and almost parody, but one of Hitchcocks final movies was Frenzy, and that was almost parody as well, and this movie owes a lot to that movie.

The film is very humorous, and some of the overacting is intentional, such as Rapaces maniacal laugh, and McAdams little hissy fit, add only to the whole fun of the movie.

But what makes this film so good, is the wonderful story, and the usual plot twists that Depalma delivers in droves.

Just when you think you know the plot twist, he pulls the rug from under you, and gives you a dream within a dream sequence, and the best part of the film, the split screen,showing you the lead up to the murder, and a haunting Debussy Ballet sequence.

A lot of people may balk at the movie, and yes, the product placement sucks, but its so good to see DePalma make another Schlocky movie with so many red herrings, once again.

Would make a great triple bill with Femme Fatale, and Body Double.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We work well together....right?, 11 May 2014
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This is a single disc DVD with no frills, all you get is the basic movie with the standard audio and scene selections.
Two women advertising executives have been work colleagues for eight months and seemingly get along well but then their latest advertising campaign sets them apart as Christine [Rachel McAdams], takes credit for her subordinate, Isabelle [Noomi Rapace] work. Meanwhile Isabelle embarks on an affair whilst on a business trip with Christines lover Dirk [Paul Anderson] unaware of Christine' actions. What then follows is a meandering tale of deception, corruption and power play as the central characters all fight for superiority.
The film starts with a restrained pace as we pick up the initial tension between the two women, this gradually intensifies as the film progresses until the real bitchiness takes over. The film is somewhat in the vein of Wild Things [Denise Richards] in that the story has a number of twists and turns and sexuality simmers in almost every scene. Humiliation, domination and murder are the name of the game.
The film has a strange late eighties early nineties feel to it and the sets all look they've been given that 90's Italian chic designer look which all adds to the atmosphere. There are even a few innovative moments such as the split screen ballet sequence squaring off with the stalking sequence.
Not a film for everyone but if you like a who-dun-it erotic thriller with a few twists, then this could fit the bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Brian De Palma Thriller, 1 Dec 2014
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William Mason (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Passion [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
This is a superb, twisty turny Brian De Palma thriller.
Rachel McAdams plays Christine, a beautiful, thirty-something, bisexual advertising executive. She works for a German advertising agency and is hoping to secure a promotion to their New York office. She's very assertive sexually and likes role playing in the bedroom.
Noomi Rapace plays Isabella, another beautiful, thirty-something lady, who works as Christine's very talented creative assistant. The two ladies each have an axe to grind with the other - Christine has taken all the credit for a brilliant advertising campaign devised by Isabella, whilst Isabella is sleeping with Christine's boyfriend, Dirk.
The two ladies are Machiavellian schemers and they plot and counter-plot against each other, to win Dirk and to secure the New York job. The plot has lots of clever twists and turns, but it isn't so complicated as to become confusing. The two lovely ladies veer from very sexy flirting with each other, even kissing, through to outright nastiness.
This is a gripping thriller, very stylishly shot and with a strong Hitchcock vibe about it. The orchestral film score is magnificent. Noomi Rapace as always gives an impeccable performance, but she's matched all the way by Rachel McAdams. There's some very astute misdirection and the film never signposts what's going to happen next, it certainly had me guessing all the way to the end.
The battle of wits between the two lead characters reminded me of the excellent workplace conflict in Disclosure (Demi Moore and Michael Douglas) - Disclosure / Fatal Attraction [Blu-ray] [US Import]. The visual flair - there's a simply stunning split-screen sequence near the end - reminded me of De Palma's excellent 1980 thriller, Dressed To Kill (Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson) - Dressed to Kill [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import].
If you're a fan of Noomi Rapace and enjoy thrillers, I can also recommend that you buy/watch Dead Man Down (co-starring Colin Farrell) - Dead Man Down [Blu-ray].
Thank you for taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST BUSINESS,, 6 July 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
The film focuses on the manipulative Christine (Rachel McAdams) who heads the London branch of an ad agency. She desires to get transferred to NY. She has no problem talking credit for Isabel's (Noomi Rapace) ideas. Dirk (Paul Anderson) completes the third side of this love triangle. Isabel attempts to fight back, but is no match for Christine. The back and forth smartly escalates until there is a murder. At this point the film moves from a straight forward film to a who-dun-it, did they really do it mess which caused me to lose interest and enjoyment.

Brian De Palma fans will see similarities to his other works, which I though superior. Decent acting and plot, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, brief nudity (Noomi Rapace)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A criminally overlooked minor treat from an old master, 9 Feb 2014
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
Although this film isn`t a classic by any means it deserves to have a second life on DVD as it didn`t get a proper cinematic release. It saddens me that a film by someone as renowned as Brian De Palma is ignored by the distributors in favour of (mostly) soulless blockbusters. Said blockbusters need to make at least 3 times their budget to be in profit. They rarely do so it surely makes sense to give low budget offerings like this a greater push.

Anyway the film finds De Palma in his element with a dark & twisting plot which allows him to let loose with his characteristic sly wit and stylistic flourishes. The first 30 minutes or so are surprisingly static and mundane but even so it`s nice to see a film unfolding in such an elegant & unfussy style which is rare these days. It allows the actors to shine and you really get to know the emotionally complex main characters played by Noomi Rapace & Rachel McAdams. Soon after however De Palma ramps up the tension with emotional and dramatic scenes with more than a few red herrings. It`s also worth mentioning Pino Donaggio`s brilliant, lushly orchestrated soundtrack which is by turns charming and jaunty then swirling and darkly romantic according to the onscreen action.

I just hope De Palma isn`t becoming demoralised by the short thrift his last few films have been getting & that we can look forward to more from him. He deserves more for never becoming a director for hire & sticking to his guns. Don`t forget this is the man who gave us true classics such as `Carrie`, `Blow Out`, `The Untouchables` & `Carlito`s Way`. I for one would rather queue up for one of his films than the likes of `Transformers 7` or `The Fast And The Furious 13`
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4.0 out of 5 stars NEARLY A 5 STAR DE PALMA, 2 Nov 2013
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Just not quite. However this is a splendid on form De Palma. A slow burn for 45 mins or so, then a murder, and a whodunnit, that works very well thanks to direction and acting. I love Noomi Rapace and she is given every acting opporunity here and turns in a terrific performence. I am not too sure about Rachel McAdams, but she sure does a good "Nasty". I loved this film tho perhaps it isn't to everyone's taste (What is?). Don't expect too much sex tho Noomi and Karoline Hepburth share a kiss, but you have to see the film to see how and why. De Palma remains one of my favourite directors, and with a fair price and an excellent print (1.85 Ratio) you can't go far wrong. No Extras (not that that matters to me). Highly recomended and like I said, almost 5 stars-In fact....
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime DePalma, 22 Sep 2013
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Gary A. Smith (Palm Springs, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I saw this movie in its very brief U.S. theatrical release and loved it. Thankfully this excellent quality DVD is out so I can now watch it whenever I want. Passion truly harkens back to the classic De Palma thrillers complete with a score by the wonderful Pino Donaggio. Like Hitchcock with Bernard Herrmann, De Palma's movies always seem better with a Donaggio score. Noomi Rapace is terrific and deserves more roles like this that show off her considerable talent. I cannot praise this film highly enough.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic for De Palma fans, 19 Nov 2013
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
Written and Directed by Brian De Palma (adapted from the French film "Love Crimes"), Passion stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams and is a murder mystery set in the world of advertising. It begins slowly with a series of boardroom betrayals as McAdams' ad exec befriends and then humiliates Rapace, stealing both her ideas and her boyfriend. As McAdams continues to cut a swathe through the agency and making enemies everywhere she goes, her progress to the top ultimately culminates in a murder sequence combining a performance of Jerome Robbins' staging of Debussy's sublime 'Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune' with a split-screen stalking that is breathtaking in its audacity and visual accomplishment. This extended sequence alone is worth the price of admission (though one suspects that most will not be seeing it on video rather than in the theatre, more's the pity) in which the killer's identity is literally masked - though De Palma has, it turns out, been performing some exceptionally fancy footwork to cover his tracks. But there is much more besides, not least a great performance from Karoline Hefurth, who is due for a great career in the movies if there is any justice. The DVD offers virtually no extras but at least presents the film in excellent condition.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars her best performance since dragon tattoo, 19 Jun 2013
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
when an actress blows us away in a foreign language film
they come to hollywood after
and they are always wasted in blockbusters.. for example emmanuele beart in Mission Impossible
Noomi Rapace deserved the oscar
for her astonishing work in 'the girl with the dragon tattoo'
so far she had been in crap like Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus
if you wanted to see her in quality films
you had to stick to her swedish dramas like 'BABYCALL' and 'BEYOND'
i am happy to say brian depalma has given her a real chance to act again
and she shines in this dark erotic thriller that feels like the kind of movie hitchcock used to make
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate De Palma, 21 Jun 2013
This review is from: Passion [DVD] (DVD)
Exquisite new Brian De Palma film. Passion is playful pure cinema, covering De Palma's common themes and visual styles (voyeurism, technology, obsession, manipulation, deception, guilt, beautiful femme fatale's, heightened performances, overt artificiality, deliberate tonal shifts & stylistic flourishes). Whilst the first half of the film plays as a seemingly straightforward corporate drama, replete with corporate backstabbing (with a brilliant, but frankly bonkers Pino Donaggio soft core score). All is not as it seems however, and the second half of the film takes on a completely different direction and moves into the realms of dreams within dreams and German expressionism with a trademark and quite wonderful split screen section involving Mallarmé's/Dubussy's 'Afternoon of the Faun' ballet linking the poem/ballet to a key character and murder of another which tricks you about its timeline. There are images and adverts of the ballet shown prior to this, and the story behind Mallarmé's poem (the awakening of a faun and the faun's encounters with several nymphs in a dreamlike oration) is central to both to the plot of the story & the character & motivations of Isabella. (Donaggio's score too transforms to riff's on Bernard Hermann's dramatic strings).

Like so many De Palma films, this gets even better with multiple viewings as you realise and understand more what about what you have and haven't seen, what is and isn't real, & what is a dream or a re-awakening.

Elements of other De Palma psychological thrillers (in particular Sisters, Dressed to Kill & Raising Cain) resonate throughout this film. Overall, fantastic fun.
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