Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chlorine: Film Review

Vincent D'Onofrio and Kyra Sedgwick play a long-married couple dealing with financial and relationship issues in this satirical comedy/drama

It takes more than chlorine to make a pool swimmable, and it takes more than a rehashing of familiar themes of suburban moral rot to make Chlorine watchable. Jay Alaimo’s drama about a long-married couple dealing with familial and financial tensions features fine performances from the veterans in its cast. But it ultimately comes across as little more than a compendium of clich├ęs.
Set in the seemingly bucolic New England town of Copper Canyon, the film concerns the strained relationship between the hapless Roger (Vincent D’onofrio), a banker who has slaved away for years in the hope of getting the promotion that has been perpetually dangled before him, and his wife Georgie (Kyra Sedgwick), who strives to maintain her youth with a newfound passion for racing motorcycles while looking on enviously at the lavish lifestyle of Roger’s boss (Jordan Belfi) and his free-spending wife (Elisabeth Rohm).

Their children are no less disaffected. Daughter Cynthia (Flora Cross) is struggling with adolescence, experiencing her first period while swimming in the country-club pool whose frequent doses of chlorine provide the film with its all too symbolic title. Her older brother Henry (Ryan Donowho), who spends his free time reading The Art of War, works part-time at a local construction site whose contractor (Tom Sizemore) forces him into cutting corners.

When a sleazy tennis pro and part-time drug dealer (Rhys Corfio) asks Roger to help him invest his ill-gotten gains, Roger sees an opportunity. His ensuing financial chicanery sparks a crisis that forces the main characters to reassess their values and relationships, resulting in an improbable happy ending.

Director Alaimo-- working from a screenplay co-written with Matt Fiorello--never manages to plumb the socially resonant situations with the necessary depth. The film, revealing its low-budget limitations with its washed-out visuals, never achieves a consistent tone, veering uneasily between forced satirical humor and sappy melodrama. While the ever-reliable D’Onofrio and Sedgwick manage to invest their characters with subtle emotional depths, their fine efforts are not enough to rid Chlorine of its odious elements.

via The Hollywood Reporter,  2.26.14


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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

CRITICS!!!Yes Vincent & Kyra are "reliable," but just from the clips, "Chlorine" looks good to me.

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