Last Night (2010)

56.

★★

Directed by: Massy Tadjedin
Written by: Massy Tadjedin
Starring: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Guillaume Canet and Eva Mendes

Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night has a plot that is far too simple for the complex personalities and experiences that it tries to explore. The temptation to cheat, the suspicions that distance and alienate couples, and the thoughts and feelings of the extra-marital lovers have been recycled in countless films – and yet, Last Night fails to offer us anything new or compelling in this field of romance.

When a young married couple spend a night apart, their desire to cheat on each other are pushed to their limits.

While I would elaborate further on the plot, there really isn’t much more to say. The performances are about as good as they’ll ever get for a script that is so threadbare and cliche in its approach to conflicting desires, and as far as characters go, they’re too boring to experiment with.

At times, Last Night feels as though it is stumbling on something significant or interesting to say about the different shades of love that people can experience at different stages in their life. But as the film refuses to explore these concepts through the more creative elements of drama other than dialogue, it ends up feeling bogged down by words and silent looks that are as effective as they are loud.

On the fringes of potential, but never making the most of its great cast, Last Night is a night wasted.

Not impressed.

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