"Third Person" Movie Review: 1 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
Women! They're all desperate, agitated harpies and relentless sources of internal and external conflict in "Third Person,"
He has recently left his wife (
"You have random characters making excuses for your life," the writer's agent tells him.
"Third Person" finds Haggis reckoning with his critics and his demons while concocting a story set in three cities about three sets of characters, some of whom are revealed to be connected in some way to others we're following.
Haggis wrote and directed "Crash," which won the best picture Oscar, and there's a structural similarity in the interlocking
mechanics of "Third Person." The
Across the ocean in
Children are exploited everywhere in "Third Person," and Haggis' big moments rely in a somewhat seedy fashion on upping the stakes for those children.
A veteran screenwriter, Haggis has many strengths. He did wonderful genre work as one of the writers on "Casino Royale" (2006).
He wrote and directed the fine, undervalued
"White. The color of trust. It's the color of honesty. And the color of the lies he tells himself." Yes, and it's the color of the blank page where a straighter, truer line should've been written in the first place.
How much of what we see in "Third Person" is the novelist's invention is part of the guessing game that goes on and on. And. On.
MPAA rating: R (for language and some sexuality/nudity)
Running time: 2:17.
"Third Person" Movie Trailer
Three couples in three cities find love and heartbreak in three interlocking stories. A married writer and a single girl sadistically toy with each other in Paris, a corporate thief on the run from the law meets a beautiful gypsy woman in Rome and a failed soap star wages a custody battle for the son she endangered in New York.
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