Thursday, January 30, 2014
Last Night (2010) [R] ***
A film review by Kyle Smith for the New York Post on May 11, 2011.
Cheating is in the air in Last Night, but will it get between the sheets?
Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington play a successful Manhattan couple who start to fight when she suspects there’s a reason he never mentions a business colleague he’s been spending a lot of time with. Especially when she gets a glimpse of the other woman — and she’s Eva Mendes.
While he and his magma-hot associate are on a business trip in Philadelphia, she accepts an invitation to come out and play with her yummy French ex-boyfriend (Guillaume Canet) in New York.
Most of the movie unwinds over that evening, as each spouse tiptoes toward adultery in intercut scenes. Suspenseful though it is, the movie is quiet to the point of being sleepy, and Worthington is simply not working out as a screen star. He might be better-suited to some kind of job more forgiving of his blocky blankness, like modeling slacks.
For all its incessant soul-searching, Last Night also doesn’t have a lot to say about marriage, and what it does say is often wrong. The French guy is warned off the married woman by a pal who says he can’t compete with the years the marrieds have spent together — as if years don’t also serve to make people sick of each other.
Labels: drama, romance