Very, very, very wonderful, only a few scenes, a manor, three characters, to complete such a rich and interesting drama conflict, I really admire the skill of the director and the quality of the actors.
The film begins as a comedy: an honest man breaks into a house just to experience the life of a rich man, only to become a robber because he bumps into the owner. The target of the hijacking is the popular idea of the rich: rich, coward, cold, selfish, elitist.
So it makes for a delicate scene: the robber controls the rich man, but the rich man is not much afraid of him, and shows every sign of restrained contempt for the bottom man. The fact that the rich man is not afraid of him is a kind of contempt. But the rich are shy of taking risks, so they'd rather pay each other off. So when the robber asked the rich guy for his getaway money, the rich guy helped him figure out the right amount.
In this one plot, the honesty of the robber, poor and rich man's arrogance and guiltiness are wonderful and refined performance, let a person laugh.
As the series progresses, Lily Collins' character as the rich man's wife begins to shine with complexity. If the rich man is an elitist, then his wife is a pseudo-elitist. There was nothing wrong with wanting to control her own destiny, wanting to make a difference, but she had no power. It was not wrong to be incapable of this, but to dream of saving others-she wanted to help others by running a charity. How can you help others when you can't even help yourself? Are other people worse off than you? This is the elitist's fault: that everyone else is inferior to him, that everyone else is looking to his salvation.
This woman reminded me of a story Lao Liang told: his friend was running a company, and a new college student was hired as an employee. Just in time of the Sichuan earthquake, the college student enthusiastically donated money, but had no money, so he asked the boss to borrow it. His friend lent it to college students, who donated the money and never talked about paying it back.
This is such a naive mentality.
However, the heroine did something far more ethical than the college student: she traded herself to the rich man as a wife and child in exchange for his investment in her charitable company. But in fact, lack of ability is lack of ability, the rich man disdained her, he would only let her do charity company consultant, in fact, is a name. Miserable. How ridiculous.
At this point, there is an interesting dialogue: The heroine tells her story to the robber. She delicately expresses her longing for the poor but free life in the past, but the robber says sharply: No, you are not a victim!
So the first two thirds of the film are wonderful, excelling in subtle dramatic conflicts and the portrayal of elitist and pseudo-elitist faces. But in the second third, it slips into a cliche thriller ending: Lily Collins's woman kills the robber, then the rich guy, and gets all his money and freedom. I really don't know where she got the courage to kill, if she killed the robber for fear he would hurt her (let alone as he was leaving), where did she get the courage to kill her husband? That's murder! This forced reversal is unappetizing. Of course, it could also be interpreted as her recognition of her pathetic situation and her desire to give it a try. It's not really convincing.
All in all, this is a film worth seeing. Most of the movies released this year were disappointing, but this one was a minor exception for me.
It was billed as a remake of a Hitchcock thriller, but it wasn't that at all. It's just that the space and music used in the beginning and some parts of the middle are very Hitchcock, which is a tribute, and the horror aspect is completely ungrateful. It's kind of a dark cult movie, and it's kind of an interesting idea, a scene with three and a half characters, all of whom have no names, the background is half-told, there's a lot of white space, and there's a lot of conflict between the three of them. This actually built a very flexible framework to play, which made me hope that the story would come to an amazing end and even get out of control. But the story has been hovering low, always fly up. To the end of the women force enemy all break out, is before the vaguely thought of the outcome. In fact, guess it doesn't matter, see the process is good, but the inversion is not handled very dramatic, a little boring, very unsatisfying.