Sweet Temptation: The Collapse of Relationships in Atom Egoyan’s Chloe

Chloe (Amanda Seyfried, left) and Catherine (Julianne Moore, right) play a dangerous game.

‘I think with all directors there are ideas that recur, at least for the ones that have creative control of their films,’ controversial Canadian director Atom Egoyan once remarked. As one of the selected few in the movie industry who don’t need their products to turn a profit, the four-time winner at Cannes and two-time Oscar nominee is privileged to choose his own topics without commercial restraints.

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The Grey: a story about the inevitability of death, and the importance of self reliance

Liam Neeson in 'The Grey'

Liam Neeson’s performance in The Grey was unparalleled.

Though the story starts out somewhat like a would-be typical Hollywood flick following the done-to-death ‘great adventure’ scenario; the film actually incorporates many elements that would be more typical in an art house film, than in a Hollywood blockbuster. Furthermore, the film leaves the viewer with a somewhat ambivalent feeling about what the true intent of the film is. The most apparent theme appears to be triumph-over-evil. However, the dynamics are a little different in this piece from a regular triumph-over-evil scenario. The Grey depicts men who, even when the odds are stacked against them, and the chance of winning is nearly zero, continue to fight. This is a classic recurring theme in many Chinese fables. Though there is nothing that overtly indicates that that is where the plot was derived from.

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