Movies »Femme Fatale

directed by Brian De Palma (2002)

While I have to admit on second viewing, Femme Fatale is far less clever and more cheesy than I remember, it’s still a great noirish guilty pleasure that marked Brian De Palma’s return to over the top form – mirroring some of my favorites of his career: the Hitchcock inspired Sisters, Blow Out, and the best, Body Double.

It’s hard not to have a soft spot for a film that opens with an epic heist set to classical music involving a bra made of diamonds and lesbian bathroom stall groping. Or maybe not… It was a box office bomb and most people seem to hate this movie.

But despite porny dialogue, bad acting (Romijn playing French speaking English, whew!), and a ludacris, off the rails plot about fate and a paparazzo – or maybe because of all that, I have loads of fun watching.

Just don’t take it too seriously or have lofty expectations.

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Posted on February 21, 2011

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  • From Matthew on March 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I was also one of the few people who loved this movie, but I haven’t re-watched it since it came out. I guess it’s not surprisingly that it plays a bit cheesier now, but you still make me want to see it again.

  • From Brittany on March 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I was hoping this was going to mean a resurgence of De Palma’s over the top neo-noir, but Black Dahlia SUUUUCKED. Wonder if Passion will be better: