Wednesday, August 06, 2003


A Film Review of "Swimming Pool"

Copyright 2003 Glenn Walker

Being a writer I was naturally interested in Swimming Pool. The previews touted it as a thriller. A middle-aged mystery writer goes on vacation and becomes embroiled in a real murder mystery. If only this were so.

It's a shame that such good actors as Charlotte Rampling and Charles Dance became embroiled in this film. It's a monotonous chore to sit through. Sorely lacking in background music scenes of shopping, walking, and checking out what's in the refrigerator become so devastating that the hot and steamy nudity that comes later on can not even save this mess.

By the time the sexy Ludivine Sagnier shows up to spice things up we are no longer spiceable. The boredom this film breeds is so complete that the beautiful and erotic Sagnier is like sucking on a communion wafer after chewing cardboard.

The brief references to the writing life are nice but not enough to merit even a discount matinee ticket price. This movie isn't long but so slow you'll want to see if there's a Jim Carrey film playing in the next theatre. I hated Swimming Pool from its molasses beginning to its "Dallas" ending. Avoid it like the West Nile Virus.

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