Thursday, December 03, 2009
Like most of writer/director Atom Egoyan’s films, Adoration follows an emotional rather than a linear path to reach these answers. There are many surprises along the way, but this isn’t the sort of movie that’s only about the big twist at the end. If anything, Egoyan tries to deal with too many ideas here. A subplot about how Simon’s story goes viral on the internet, while not exactly out of place, almost feels like it could have been a whole other movie. The main story, about how the characters all need to make sense of and make peace with the past, is compelling enough on its own.
The themes and storytelling devices in Adoration should be familiar to anyone who has seen Egoyan’s previous films like Exotica or The Sweet Hereafter. Like those films, this is a gripping, intelligent drama that keeps you guessing. That said, it doesn’t quite have the same emotional resonance. Still, even lesser Egoyan is more interesting than 90% of the movies that get released these days. 3 ½ out of 4 stars.