FILM REVIEW: GRETA (15)
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CAST: CHLOE GRACE MORETZ, ISABELLE HUPPERT, MAIKA MONROE, ZAWE ASHTON & PARKER SAWYERS
RUNNING TIME: 1 HR 39 MINS
DIRECTOR: NEIL JORDAN
Veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert triumphs in this B-Movie horror!
Greta tells the story of Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz, star of Kick-Ass and ‘on/off’ girlfriend of one Brooklyn Beckham) who moves to New York City after the death of her mother.
Being the kind-hearted person she is, Frances returns a handbag that had been left on the subway – belonging to a lady named Greta Hideg (Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, Elle). The two of them soon become good friends.
However, it’s not long before Frances makes the alarming discovery of numerous bags like the one she had found hidden in a cupboard – each with the names of those that had found them. This is more than enough for Frances to sever her ties, but Greta isn’t going to let that happen so easily.
The on-screen chemistry between Moretz and Huppert is engaging enough but it is the latter that steals the show as the stalker. She clearly had a great time playing the villain and during certain scenes she really gets under your skin.
And speaking of stalkers, if you walk into the screening expecting a modern twist on the likes of Misery or Cape Fear, you will leave very disappointed.
The Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan, has clearly taken inspiration from said films – which they did so much better – but considering he has an Oscar-winning screenplay award for the Crying Game (which he was nominated for as director too), this should have a been a bit more adventurous considering he wrote this too.
The only moment that felt truly original saw a unique twist on a dream sequence. This gave me a glimpse of how unique Greta could have been.
Overall, if I were to judge this on its own merits and stop comparing it to similar movies, this is just about worth the ticket price – but pretty much only due to Isabelle Huppert’s performance alone.