I was shocked when the movie ended. What a twist.Guy Pearce is our main person in this one, and he actually makes a decent performance. But as far as Guy Pearce acting-skills go, this was probably the limit for what he could have done. He's just not that good.Pierce Brosnan however seems calm and relaxed during this movie, and to be fair, he steals the show from our main person. Pierce has unfortunately been away from the roles he can deliver in, for quite some time. After James Bond, the next highlight was The Matador, then it was Mamma Mia, then it was The Ghost Writer, then The November Man, then it was The Foreigner (which was a movie he really excelled in!) and then this one. We have some good acting performances in this one, the movie is just not strong enough to really execute the intense build up. It perhaps should have been a television series? With the court involved and things like that. But the movie was enjoyable, and that is the most important thing.
Truth is a perception, dependent on the subjective view of the observer and coloured by time and memory.Evan is a professor of philosphy at a run-of-the-mill college with sparsely attended classes punctuated by infatuated young women who are easily swayed by his charm and logical arguments.His life is turned upside down when an investigation starts into the disappearance of a young woman.What proceeds is an examination of what goes through Evan's mind when the accusations begin, whether it is insinuation by Brosnan's character or the quiet dread of his wife Ellen, played by Minnie Driver.Take a non-existent chair and enjoy the labyrinth of Guy Pearce's characterization. It's enjoyable and worth the price of admission.
The film's narrative evolved in complexity to the point that different paralel narratives, the blending of past and present, identities and versions of the same stories made everything confusing. Some people got that it was very deep because it questioned the reliability and indeed the concept of memory, etc., etc. However a more clear narrative and another, confusing finale would have been desirable
In 2001, I saw Christopher Nolan's Memento and that's when I discovered Aussie actor Guy Pearce. In Spinning Man (my latest review), Pearce sort of reprises his role from seventeen years ago as a guy who well, has a really foggy memory (unfortunately Guy's got no tattoos this time, sigh). Pearce's character also drinks casually, has affairs with college girls, goes totally walkabout, and merits himself a worldly philosophizer. "Spinning", with its compact and conventional film-making by Simon Kaijser, saddles Guy with a regimented and unassumingly underplayed performance. You could call his Spinning Man Memento lite for it's less dangerous, non-tetchy, and far less foreboding.Anyway, "Spinning" chronicles a college professor named Evan Birch (Pearce). When one of Birch's students goes missing, he becomes the prime suspect in her eventual murder. Evan while mild-mannered and readily insouciant, has to deal with a nosy detective on his heels (Robert Malloy played by Pierce Brosnan), the loss of his tenured job, and a pessimistic, ball-breaking wife (Ellen Birch played by Minnie Driver). Did he or did he not kill this young girl and hide her battered body? That's the question with Evan and it's told in willful, inch by inch fashion via "Spinning". Spinning Man, which could've had a rating of PG-13, feels like a restrained Law & Order episode told from the point of view of the would-be criminal as opposed to Lt. Olivia Benson. With "Spinning", Kaijser's direction has just the right amount of flash, Brosnan and Pearce have scenes that slightly crackle, rural LA looks credible, and "Spinning's" ending sort of turned the tables on me. Critics have called Spinning Man formulaic, incoherently twisty, purposeless, and forgettable. I on the other hand, dug its intrigue and its cat and mouse tenor. In truth, "Spinning" may be a safe thriller that rides the kiddie hill of apprehension. Still, it has moments that put it ahead of drivel like Secret in Their Eyes and 2017's diluted pic, The Snowman. Bottom line: Spinning Man with minimal violence, decent scripting, and binding flash-forward in tote, keeps its head on a cinematic "swivel". I'm not sure "Spinning" got a theatrical release so the best way to see it is On Demand. Rating: 3 stars.