Sunday, May 21, 2006

DVD - Match Point


You know that awful feeling you have when you've done something wrong and you desperately want to keep it a secret?

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Handsome tennis instructor lands a gig at a posh London club. He wasn't good enough to make it as a pro and loathes teaching, but relied on it to drag himself up from a poor upbringing.

He forms fast friends with his first client, a single upper-class guy who shares a passion for the opera. While at his client's outing at the opera, he meets the family and makes quite an impression on the client's sweet young sister.

At a family party, he chances upon a smoldering beautiful American (Scarlett Johansson) with a come-hither look, who turns out to be his client's fiance...

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What I loved about this film was the tormented yet understated acting by the lead character, played by Jonathan Rhys Myers. His character is filled with tension yet struggles to keep it under wraps.

"It's better to be lucky than good." This is a common theme in this murder mystery, written and directed by Woody Allen. It's one of those films that played briefly in theatres in 2005 but turned out to be a real gem, at least, for me.

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