Under Suspicion (1991)


“Don’t worry about going to court. That’s easy. We just need the photograph and the night porter or a chambermaid to act as a witness. I mean, they might send someone to the hotel to check out that you were seen, but they’ll be no problems. ” – Tony Aaron

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A private detective gets in over his head after trying to avert the laws in England by helping to fake reasons for divorce for numerous men.

My Take on it – Interesting idea that doesn’t manage to work as well as one might hope.

The story has a superb cast of great actors including leads Liam Neeson and Laura San Giacomo, yet they feel far too restrained in their performances.

Even their love scenes together don;t feel passionate or real enough based on how it is filmed.

The plot is woven really well and they give us lots of reasons to have to second guess our previous notions as things turn into unexpected directions throughout.

The problem here is that they way that they present the characters and the plot just don’t come across realistically and powerfully enough as one might have hoped for.

The film deals with a specific kind of crime and do a nice job early on explaining the complexities of these crimes in simple terms even if ultimately things aren’t presented in a genuine or realistic enough fashion.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although there are a number of scenes featuring sailors, Brighton is a seaside town, not a sea port town. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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