Saturday, April 17, 2010
Laurel Canyon. C+
Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale play Sam and Alex, a soon-to-be-married couple who temporarily move into Sam's mom's house. She's played by Francis McDormand. Sam and Alex seem like an ideal couple, but Sam's hospital job keeps them pretty distant and they each begin to push their relationship to the brink by their secrets that are bound to be discovered eventually. This is a movie about two seemingly perfect people who become the victim of the desire to go beyond what their everyday lives offer. Frustration leads to temptation, and temptation leads to the inevitable disaster. Solid performances and interesting ideas make the movie watchable, but the lack of depth to the characters and a wide-open, loosely tide ending keep this from becoming a success.