Clive Owen gets pushed to his limits, right along with the audience

The nasty French villain in Mikael HŚfstrom's thriller, played with obvious relish by Vincent Cassel, is the best thing about this neo-noir rehash of everything from Double Indemnity to Cape Fear to Fatal Attraction. Whether squeezing his victim's testicles into a knot or exchanging ironic banter with a henchman, Cassel's Philippe LaRoche is a wonderfully guilty pleasure to watch. But Clive Owen and ex-Friend Jennifer Aniston don't fare so well as a pair of Chicago executives whose tryst in a sleazy hotel room is interrupted by a pistol-whipping, a brutal rape, and, later, blackmail. The plot twists and the dramatic tension are okay, but it's the supporting players (rapper RZA stands out as a likable ex-con) and the gun thug who occasionally bring the film to a sizzle.

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