After evidence from a murder is found in her garden, Franny Avery (Ryan)
is questioned by Detective Giovanni Molloy. Molloy's brutal honesty and sheer
confidence sparks an interest in Franny, which leads to obsession. While the
two can't stop thinking of each other and there relationship grows more passionate,
the killer continues on his rampage.
Meg Ryan well and truly buries her girl-next, romantic comedy
image to prove what a good actress she actually is.
Based on the gritty novel by Susanna Moore, Ryan takes over
a role earmarked for Nicole Kidman to produce a performance that will shock
and amaze her fans. This is a complete departure for the Rom-Com favourite
and it allows her to really get to grips with her craft and her own sexuality.
This visually explicit movie cuts all ties to Ryan's usual on screen persona
allowing the actress to show her talent for the dramatic as she did fleetingly
in movies like The Doors, Courage Under Fire and The Presidio. As the actress
enters her 40s (she still looks stunning) and her bread and butter roles start
to dry up, In the Cut opens her up to a whole new casting call. This is a
breakout movie for Ryan and should be an extremely positive career move.
Her standout performance is well supported by the up and coming
Mark Ruffalo. This is also a breakout role for the actor, as it showcases
his talent for characterisation and that he has a good screen presence. He
creates in Detective Molloy, a character that is very elusive, as you never
know if you should trust him or what his motivations are. The chemistry between
Ryan and himself works well as he succeeds in a creating the kind of intrigue
and mystery that women all so readily find fascinating.
The whole movie revolves around their relationship but this
is at the expense of the other characters. Both Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kevin
Bacon's characters are severely underused and underdeveloped. Jason Leigh's
man obsessed sister isn't given enough screen time or background to become
interesting and Bacon's stalker ex-boyfriend has no depth and falls into stereotypical
The story itself is slow and lethargic, never really building
any understanding or sympathy for the down beaten characters. Director Jane
Campion tries her best to ignite some interest by making the movie visually
superb but even the ingenious use of focus, crisp editing and moody lighting
can't hide the story's shortcomings.
Sexually explicit, dark and moody, In the Cut is a showcase
of acting talent and directorial flare that is let down by the inadequacies
of the story. The performances from the two leads do save this from the mediocre,
making it far more watchable than it could have been but you can't help thinking
that it could have been so much more.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital
5.1 soundtrack and as with most modern transfers it is very good. The sharp
colours really emphasise Campion's vision with her use of red throughout standing
out. The use of varying focus also highlights the clarity of the transfer
as images blend into each other. The surround soundtrack is also good with
extremely clear dialogue, with is important on a character driven piece like
In the Cut: Behind the scenes (15.42 mins)
Director Jane Campion, producer Laurie Parker and the stars of the movie talk
about coming together to film a low budget noir-thriller based on a book they
all feel passionate about. The featurette takes you onto the set as the cast
talk intimately about how they approached the strong content of the film.
The author herself, Susanna Moore talks about her influences and how the book
was a complete change in style for her. Campion also discusses the New York
locations and the shooting style, as the actors reflect on the preparation
they had to go through to understand their characters.
Deleted Scenes (11.41 mins)
Seven deleted scenes called 'Avoiding John', 'Shoe chimes', "See you after
court", 'Capt. Crosley's office', 'Roses', 'Coffee Shop' and 'Spanish love
poems'. Without a director's commentary for each scene it is hard to understand
why these scenes where removed, especially the 'Avoiding John' scene as this
adds more background and character to Kevin Bacon's role.
Commentary by director Jane Campion and producer Laurie Parker
This is the first DVD commentary track that director Jane Campion has done
and she seems to have fun with it. Both producer Parker and Campion chat about
their visual influences while making the movie and the technical aspects used
during filming. The pair discusses the characters in depth with both of them
knowing every aspect and motivation of the roles their actors were playing.
They also discuss the more controversial scenes in the movie, both sexual
and violent and how it impacting on them filming it and the actors involved.
Listening to her and producer Laurie Parker you release that both of these
women have an extraordinary knowledge of filmmaking, making this an enjoyable
and informative commentary track.
UK & US trailers
Your chance to watch the US and UK versions of the theatrical trailers.
Trailers for 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', 'Beyond Borders', 'Touching the
Void', 'Runaway Jury' and 'Spun'
Pathé have done a great job transferring a relatively low budget, character
driven noir piece to DVD. As this is a very visual film, the picture quality
had to be spot on for the home-viewer to enjoy the look that the director
was trying to portray. The commentary track by Jane Campion and producer Laurie
Parker is very informative and adds a lot of value to the release but they
should have commented on the deleted scenes. All in all this is a very well
put together package that will delight fans of the film and Jane Campion.
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