Thursday, 3 May 2012

Sleeping with the Enemy

UK Release: 12th April 1991
Watched on Recorded TV: Saturday 21st April 2012
Rating: 15
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 1hr 39mins
Tagline: She is a stranger in a small town. She changed her name. Her looks. Her life. All to escape the most dangerous man she's ever met. Her husband.
IMDb Plot Synopsis: Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house- hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her.

My Review: To be honest, I was a little apprehensive to begin with, but as the film went on I saw more and more depth. It actually got pretty tense, especially when Laura faked her own death. It was a bit one-dimensional in the way that you were completely on her side the entire time and the husband was a cliche bad guy with no redeeming qualities. It would have been more interesting and clever if he wasn’t all ‘evil’ pantomime villain and she wasn’t a saint.
That saying Julia Roberts of course shined on screen and helped to keep me gripped to the screen. Unfortunately the ending was a little anti-climatic which really let down the film as a whole. Give it a go as it’s seen as a classic but it could have been better. But then I suppose that’s what made it a classic - it’s a simplistic stalker film that you can be entertained by.
Score: 7/10

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