I have been thinking of watching this movie for a long time, but it’s only a few days ago I finally found the DVD in the DVD rental shop. For a film produced quite some time ago, it really takes more time to find it among the piles of DVDs on the shelf. The persons involved in this movie are a group of talented people: Sir Michael Caine (Actor), Jude Law (Actor/Producer), Harold Pinter (Script writer), and Kenneth Branagh (Director). The outcome of their collaberative work, as well as the setting and the lighting, is remarkable. What is being acted on the screen, however, is very sad, or I should say all the plots are deliberately arranged and developed to achieve this sad ending. Wthin the 90 minutes the movies presents a few twists in the relationship between Andrew Wyke, the elder crime novelist, and Milo Tindle, the young actor. As the actor is having affair with the novelist’s wife, they are inimical to each other in the beginning. When they start to set up one another for humiliation or revenge, their relationship changes in every vicious trick, and every twist is more surprising than the early one.
For me, the amazement I feel out of all these plot arrangements, however, is not so impressive than the sadness I feel from these malicious games. A lot of intense emotion, such as hatred and resentment, are there between the two men, and it generates a stange bond and an appeal with a sensual connotation. But with all these intense feelings, there is no love. There is only power struggle. Each of them just wants to outwit, manipulate, enslave, or torture the other person. And a relationship with only power struggle is sad. Nothing can come out of it and people will keep suffering from a great sense of loneliness. At the end of the movie, no one is the winner. Even the wife that never shows up is a victim of the break of marriage. When everything is just a game, it is much sadder because a malicious game is so deadly to destroy everything. No one can afford to play a game like this. And no one should play a game like this.