Mainstream cinema can break actors. After watching the never-evolved mess that was Passion I would recommend an extended stint in some challenging off-Broadway theatrical productions for leading ladies Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams. Because that’s how much they need a reboot if their performances in this movie are anything to go by.
There are movies that get by with being called ‘so-bad-they-are-actually-good’ but Passion would simply not get away with that classification. The director Brian De Palma has made movies like the original Carrie, Blow Out, The Untouchables, and Scarface so it’s not like he doesn’t know how to lead a cast and crew into delivering something memorable.
Passion is just bad. The totally non-sequitur dialogue brings on a headache within the first five minutes. And the movie doesn’t relent. Scenes, behaviours, and even body placements make no sense.
Somebody needed to have taken the decision to cut power to this runaway train way before it was unleashed upon unsuspecting audiences, in any format.
Final Analysis: This movie plays like a Bizarro-world version of what a movie should be. That, or an underfunded student effort by a cast and crew of totally inexperienced newbies.
My Advice: Do not be fooled by the trailer.