Chloe Moretz & Isabelle Huppert Can’t Save This Bad Thriller
Greta possesses the necessary elements for a sinister thriller, but fails to assemble them in a credible way. The result is a well-played movie with many intriguing holes. Greta does not take into account modern technology either. A mobile phone can track your exact location anywhere on the planet in milliseconds. This idea may have worked in the Hitchcock era, but harms the credulity of the 21st century. Greta is a rare miss for Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Neil Jordan ( The Crying Game An Interview with the Vampire ).
Chloe Moretz interprets the role of Frances, a benevolent millenium struggling with the death of her recently deceased mother. Frances has just moved to the bustling city of New York. She finds a stylish green handbag while taking the subway. She decides to personally return the bag to the woman on the ID card inside. Her chirped roommate (Maika Monroe) thinks she's crazy. Grab the money and send it back by mail.
Frances brings the bag to the home of Greta (Isabelle Huppert), who is delighted to get it back. Frances is charmed by the foreign accent of Greta his piano playing and his sophisticated personality. Greta a widower, whose daughter has long since left the nest, is terribly lonely. She and Frances begin a friendship that fills the hole in their two hearts. But Frances soon realizes that Greta is not what she is supposed to be. His attempts to break their relationship reveal a sadistic and dangerous stalker.
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The first act of the movie is loud. Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, two excellent actresses of different generations, sell this flourishing relationship. It makes sense that this pair is comforting. The plot derails when Greta becomes threatening. His actions of stalker curl the absurd. Greta has superhuman abilities to monitor and follow Frances. When the situation becomes violent, the interaction is implausible. Isabelle Huppert is a little woman aged sixty-five. The idea of mastering his twenty years is laughable.
Neil Jordan 's script describes the forces of order and the restricted circle of Frances as jesters easy to play. I could only suspend disbelief for so long. A cell phone is constantly pinging the towers. The police can geotag your phone in milliseconds. Every block in New York City is under video surveillance. It is virtually impossible to disappear from the street without being registered. They could easily follow Greta and the movements of Frances. This fact torpedoes the climax of the film. It may have worked in the past, but it certainly is not viable today.
The tension established at the beginning of Greta is unfortunately lost. There was meat on the bone for a delicious finish. Instead, the film turns into horror tropes in the B series movies. Isabelle Huppert's formidable talent turns into a crazily crazy villain. Jordan also squanders the talent of his long-time collaborator, Stephen Rea, who plays a less than memorable supporting role. There was a chance for greatness here, but evil outweighed the good. A rewrite with a modern sensibility was badly needed. Greta is distributed by Focus Features.