New 'Passion' Trailer Previews the Disappointing Erotic Thriller Wannabe

Passion movie trailer
Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams in Passion
Photo: eOne Entertainment

Brian DePalmas' Passion is finally hitting theaters on August 30. I saw the film at the Toronto Film Festival last year in a small side theater that felt almost like a private screening. I wasn't impressed.

To quote the opening paragraph of my review:

Passion plays as if writer/director Brian De Palma took Alain Corneau's screenplay for Love Crime, added on six minutes to the ending and shot every scene in one take no matter how well it turned out. All the elements from Corneau's original are here, but none of the intrigue. It's a stilted and stiff production with absolutely zero fluidity from scene to scene and lines such as "How about you call me... NEVER!" after Rachel McAdams is stood up by her booty call and she tosses her cell phone across the room. It's big moves, daring proclamations and over-acting met with an absence of thrills. The score tells you things are about to get intense, but it isn't long before you realize that's just not the case.

The "NEVER" scene I reference there can be seen in this new trailer, but the dialogue is removed. It's the moment she throws the cell phone. You can read the full review here.

The film stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as a pair of businesswomen jostling for attention in the world of international business. It wants to be perceived as an erotic thriller, but it isn't.

  • Kieran

    I watched a downloaded copy of this movie. Absolutely shocking. I have no idea how anyone involved managed to make a movie this bad.

  • kathrynlynn

    nice choice of screen capture brad, ha.

  • Ian

    Absolutely riddled with spoilers.

  • Shaun Heenan

    I flat out hated Love Crime. I'm going to have a bad time with this movie, aren't I?

  • Adriano

    I actually found it very entertaining. It has almost everything I expect from a Brian DePalma film: gorgeous women, intrigue, split screen, murder, dreams. Even Pino Donaggio is back!

    No other director makes such elegant trash.

  • Zevastian

    This is such a coincidence! Right now I'm about to write about it in the what I watched column! I saw it on friday and even though it weakens at the end I got to say I was terribly entertained all the way through. It's just so elegant and old school. I know it's not good but God did I enjoy it!

  • Joseph Bridges

    De Palma's career has really gone to crap. I dont understand how a director can make from 1973 to 1996 the films Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise,Carrie, Blowout, Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, and Mission:Impossible and a handful of other fun movies and then turn around and from 1996 to now make absolute crap after crap. His direction for the first half of his career was pretty spectacular and always inspired, but somehow he has just lost everything he knew. Can anyone else think of a director that had such a good 20 years and then such a bad 20 to follow?