(out of 5)
Very strange nightmare thriller about a children’s writer (Annette Bening) who finds her mind beng invaded by visions of a ruthless murderer (Robert Downey Jr.) who may be coming after her daughter next. Neil Jordan’s moody direction and the beautiful camera work stand out immediately, but the plot becomes overbearing and completely ridiculous in its last third. Aidan Quinn is the straight-man-beard in this loony universe as Bening’s bewildered husband, and Jordan’s mainstay star Stephen Rea has a small part as a nosy cop. The film is thrillingly scary (at least at first), but horror fans with a flavour for more conventional storytelling will want to steer clear of it.
Directed by Neil Jordan
Cinematography by Darius Khondji
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Production Design by Nigel Phelps
Costume Design by Jeffrey Kurland
Film Editing by Tony Lawson