Plot: What’s it about?
I wouldn’t really say that I’ve been a fan of Amanda Seyfried for years. I noticed her in “Mean Girls” a few years ago and in one of my favorite films of recent “Alpha Dog”, but what really raised my brow was her performance in “Mama Mia!” I won’t say that Seyfried is the best actress out there because, well, she’s not. However, she’s certainly in demand and “Chloe” is just one of nearly a half a dozen films that she’s starred in over the past couple of years. And in the “where have they been” department we’ve got Julianne Moore, who I’ve seen in a different movie on two consecutive nights (the other being “A Single Man”). Moore, a fine actress in her own right, simply isn’t in enough films these days. And completing the trifecta, we’ve got Liam Neeson who’s consistently found work since his breakthrough role in 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” That aside, “Chloe” didn’t exactly light up the box office despite the presence of three major stars. Why not?
Chloe (Amanda Seyfried) is a call girl who is recruited by Dr. Catherine Stewart (Julianne Moore) after she suspects her husband (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. David (Neeson) is a professor and has a knack for flirting with every attractive woman he comes into contact with. Naturally this leaves a bad taste in Catherine’s mouth when he misses the surprise party that took her months to plan. Catherine hires Chloe to happen upon David in a caf? and, thereby, give him a chance to flirt with her. Chloe is then to report back to Catherine the results and will see if her suspicions are confirmed. Chloe describes the first (and subsequent) meetings in graphic detail and the two manage to form an unlikely friendship. The only thing is that the two get a little close and, well, let’s just say that there are a few steamy scenes with nary a “Y” chromosome in sight. Did David cheat on Catherine or is this all a plot for Chloe to work her scheming ways on an unsuspecting family?
“Chloe” isn’t a bad movie by any means. In fact, for those clamoring to see a topless Amanda Seyfried will be rewarded with several scenes. And for those wanting to see a topless Julianne Moore, well you get that as well. For me, “Chloe” was a tad bit predictable and certainly not Seyfried’s best performance by any means. I highly doubt this will be any less than a bump in her burgeoning career. Neeson and Moore are pitch perfect in their roles, not that they were too terribly complex and as a subplot, we have David and Catherine’s son played by Max Thieriot. “Chloe” isn’t the blockbuster that “Mama Mia!” was or had the widespread appeal that movies like “Dear John”, “Jennifer’s Body” or “Letters to Juliet” was. I’m guessing that it wasn’t supposed to be, though. “Chloe” is a good way to kill 90 minutes, so if you check your brain at the door you should be entertained, at the very least.
Video: How does it look?
“Chloe” is presented in a 1.85:1 AVC HD transfer that looks a bit grainier than I’d expected. This is a new to Blu-ray movie, so my standards were already fairly high but I noticed a bit of softness in some of the outdoor scenes. Additionally some of the interior shots seemed to have a bit of grain associated with them. The detail was right on target, we get to see every pore in Seyfried’s face and every freckle on Julianne Moore’s face and arms. Contrast was right on the money as were the black levels. We’ve become used to a higher standard when it comes to Blu-ray, but this fell just a bit short of what I was expecting.
Audio: How does it sound?
The DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack is fairly good at times and fairly disappointing in others. Dialogue was the main draw here and for the most part it sounded ok. There were few scenes in which the audio was somewhat drowned out by some of the exterior noise, but that aside the dialogue was very strong. Surrounds aren’t too overly active, though they are used and the LFE were practically non-existent. I doubt movies like “Chloe” are made with too much emphasis placed on the audio and it’s evident here. While not a movie that will blow your roof off, it delivers.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The audio commentary with Amanda Seyfried, Atom Egoyan (Director) and writer Cressida Wilson is fairly engaging and it does tell how the script evolved, why Seyfried chose the part and some details about the shoot (hint: if you didn’t notice the CN Tower in the background of several scenes, the movie was shot in Tornoto). It’s a nice track with some good tidbits here and there but nothing that will blow your mind. There’s a brief featurette entitled “Introducing Chloe” as well as some deleted scenes.