great psychological thriller (by vijaysurendran-43093)
Acting by Guy Pierce and Pierce brosnan is top notch .. kind of slow burn but never a boring moment in the movie nor any cliche sub par acting or dialogues ... story is about a philisophy professor who has a history of destructive behaviour .. who also suffers from split personality disorder ... you are constantly making up in your mind whether you think the protagonist is guilty or not and kept in suspense till the end .. this movie is a big thumbs up from me ..
You will sit till the end at the edge of the seat, and you mind will work like a clock. (by impaktvisual)
Rare kind today. Definetely worth watching! Go and watch it! Good deep story. And well executed. I don't understand why it has so low reviews, it is so rare diamond today. I'm no lover of mystery movies but this one is really good. One of the best I've seen so far. And I've seen some. I believe you would be dissapointed if you seek a cliche that is dull and typical. Real believable characters and very entertaining at the same time, and makes your brain itch. As the story unfolds you question yourself not only who and why did it, but what the truth and reality really are, and <more>
what your memories and memory-related-emotions mean, and what the guilt really is. Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan give a wonderful show, they are perfect in those roles. Minnie Driver acts so good that you forget, that she is an actress, playing mother and wife wanting her life back. Everything is very psychological, no flat, unbelievable characters here... This movie is springing a web that pulls you in and makes you forget that it is a movie, a really realy rare feat today. and my god the ending.... so not cliche, so damn good you will talk about this movie every time someone speaks the word "truth" aloud. I would give it 9/10, but its proposterous how low people grade it so I one-up it cos it deserves a better grade. I think that is a price when you make something original and deep, oh, maybe some fans of the book were dissapointed? I didnt read it. And some people may not understand it. What do you think? :
It's well written Excellently acted Psychological thriller. The tight wad incel millennials who write the reviews have had no lives. Stuff happens. People drink. It gets messy. This is a movie. It's supposed to be dramatic. Packed full of goodies. I just can't get over the nimrods in the reviews. Go and get laid you wowzers. 10 DG's to balance out the crap scores.
A really good movie if you feel like thinking. (by sevenhorseshoes)
I'll watch Pierce and Guy in anything. The fact they are in this movie together was a no-brainer. If you're looking for explosions, car chases and fights, this movie isn't for you. If you want a film that explores what we can know and how frail individuals and relationships can be, this is a great example. The action in a movie like this is found in the multi-faceted micro-expressions on the actors faces. Interpreting them is what makes Spinning Man so compelling. This is how movies are supposed to be made and how we can participate most as an audience.The acting is superb and the <more>
director brilliance was knowing to just get out of the way. Jaimie Kennedy was unrecognizable and good in his role. And though his character was run of the mill, Clark Gregg hit it out of the park. It was nice to see a yet another movie "about something". See it when you are in the mood for that.The brilliance of this film lies in the subtle and small.
EXCELLENT ALL AROUND MOVIE - SIMILAR TO REAL MYSTERY MOVIES OF THE PAST (by DreamyOneNumber1)
We very much enjoyed Spinning Man for a variety of reasons. It's a well written psychological mystery which plays a philosophy professor's search for ultimate truth against that of a detective's desire to solve a crime. It reminded us of the thrillers/mysteries of the past because it didn't rely on action scenes and special effects, so it was more realistic and easy to get into. There's more to this movie than it appears at first glance, and we admit to going back and watching parts of it a second time to enjoy the parallels. All the actors are well suited to their roles. <more>
We have no complaints. It was well directed and the script written to leave folks wondering right until the very end. A problem we have with many of today's thrillers is that they're overwritten for effect, or overacted - this is neither. It's evenly spaced, and moves well, and it's not all that far-fetched, so therefore, draws the viewer in. If you've seen North by Northwest, or Rear Window, while the plots are totally different, Spinning Man moves at a similar pace. Our family is glad we watched it and have no regrets.
A great psychodrama that breaks new ground. (by eherberman)
In countless stories, villains hide their crimes. In countless others, innocents are framed. But is there a third possibility? Once your life has come unglued from truth, can you begin to doubt your own memories? What is fantasy? What is alibi? What is genuine recollection? This possibility is intriguingly explored in the novel, The Spinning Man by George Harrar, and in this movie. Let this film get under your skin, and you may begin to second-guess your own inner life. Those fantasies-they were just fantasies, weren't they?
The Philosophy of Truth (by d.rust)
Truth is a perception, dependent on the subjective view of the observer and coloured by time and memory.Evan is a professor of philosphy at a run-of-the-mill college with sparsely attended classes punctuated by infatuated young women who are easily swayed by his charm and logical arguments.His life is turned upside down when an investigation starts into the disappearance of a young woman.What proceeds is an examination of what goes through Evan's mind when the accusations begin, whether it is insinuation by Brosnan's character or the quiet dread of his wife Ellen, played by Minnie <more>
Driver.Take a non-existent chair and enjoy the labyrinth of Guy Pearce's characterization. It's enjoyable and worth the price of admission.
"Spinning Man" is a neo-noir film that evolves into a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game between a philosopher professor, Evan Birch Guy Pearce , and a seasoned detective, Robert Malloy Pierce Brosnan . The professor is a specialist in the philosophy of language, and one of the intriguing parts of the film is the philosophical banter between the professor and the detective, who has a law degree and is clearly a skilled debater, as well as a savvy investigator.According to the behind-the-scenes segment of the DVD, the film was based on a real event that inspired George Harrar 's <more>
book that was subsequently adapted into a screenplay. Brosnan identified "an eliptical sensibility" to the script. That is an apt way of describing the sense of how the film starts with a mundane incident by a lake and a missing person, then builds a story in a non-linear fashion as the philosophical issues start to supersede the crime drama.A point made in the bonus track by the screenwriter was how the character of the professor was "self-destructive." That observation is revealing about the interpretation of the professor by actor Guy Pierce, who played the role with great confidence and no apparent intimidation felt from the aggressive the police detective. It was as if the actor was playing the opposite of what the character is really like, almost like a psychological defense mechanism.Indeed, there were effective details in the film that offered psychological insights into the characters. The professor and his life were forced to leave Evanston following his inappropriate conduct with a young woman. Yet the professor has still kept a memento of a book a matches with the young woman's handwriting on the booklet, setting up a rendezvous. In the same vein, the detective relates to the professor how members of Alcoholics Anonymous carry a coin with them as a reminder not to take a drink. In two crucial moments of the film, the detective is scene handling such a coin.Pearce described the film as "an explanation of human behavior and the fragility of one's identity." The film was successful in integrating philosophical discourse with a standard film thriller. One of the provocative ideas explored in the interaction between the professor and the detective was the thin line between "truth" and the individual's subjective "interpretation of truth." By the end of the film, the detective has taken the professor to school with special insights into his own flawed character. The main narrative posits the question of what happened to the young woman in the incident at Hillside Lake. But the deeper focus is on a provocative human reality of memory, self-identity, and, the word that does not seem to be in the professor's vocabulary: denial.
I don't see where all the hate came from! The movie is pretty good, acting was great and it's ending had a purpose. Many reviewers complain how it leads nowhere, but I think that's the whole point! All in all, I liked it! A lot! I would recoment it to those who like the movies which engage the audience, not just throw stuff at it!