If you ever see a random purse on the subway….don’t pick it up!
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe
Director: Neil Jordan
Synopsis: After finding a purse on the subway, Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz) decides to do the right thing and return it to the owner Greta (Isabelle Huppert). The two bond over recent deaths in their lives and form a friendship…until Frances discovers the cupboard full of purses all with names on them, including her. It seems that Greta has been intentionally leaving them on the subway in the hopes of luring innocent people to her house, into her life, and never letting them leave.
Opinion: So, my general rule of not touching strange bags or going to random strangers’ houses has just been well and truly enforced. I mean Greta is a straight up psychopath and everything she does is creepy and unsettling so huge applause for that acting, it well and truly convinced me.
The movie itself is a little slow to start and while the whole stalker storyline comes in quite early it just seems to play out for a little too long and felt more like a drama as opposed to a thriller. I think it would have had the same impact if a few of the earlier scenes had been cut out and maybe some of the later ones extended a bit more. But seriously, when it gets dark (trust me it gets there eventually) it gets really dark and fast, leading to a few holy shit moments and a really horrible but also kind of amazing final third of the movie.
The film has quite a small main cast and through that you are really able to focus on the Frances and Greta relationship and how it evolves and changes. Chloë, I feel, takes a little bit to find her footing in this character but when she does, she is really great to watch. However, nothing can really compare to the sinister presence and performance of Isabelle Huppert as Greta, who starts off as this super sweet and kind lady before transforming in such a subtle yet drastic way that it’s terrifying. She is still this sweet and kind person but with such different actions and behaviours and honestly….standing for hours on the sidewalk staring into a window is right up there at the top of the list of horribly unsettling things to see.
The overall story was a little messy at times in particular when it came to the relationship between Frances and her father. It just felt like a quick side mention that affected the main plot, but you don’t really know 100% why. Besides that, it was a decent story that kept you captivated and on the edge of your seat especially towards the end. While it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, it definitely wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Scare Factor: Yes it’s a thriller and not a horror but there are still a couple of jump worthy moments through this movie….also, don’t get too attached to the dog, you’ve been warned.