Excerpt: There isn’t a lot of passion in Brian De Palma’s Passion (eOne, Blu-ray, DVD) but there is a love of kinkiness, flirtation, sensation, and the thrill of playing big business games and an odd intimacy that we don’t always get in De Palma’s coolly observed, stylistically exacting cinema.
Excerpt: But that’s the beauty and welcomeness of a new De Palma film that sees him returning to the overtly fetishistic, deeply stylised manner of his best work. In spite of the film’s weaknesses, Passion still offers the pleasure of a cinematic imagination based unashamedly in visual beauty and expressive technique increasingly rare in modern film.
Excerpt: In Passion, De Palma is fixated on perspectives, particularly in the form of modern technologies such as the cameras that exist in our phones, in our computers and in unseen alcoves for the purposes of surveillance. What at first appears to be flagrant product placement for Apple reveals itself to be founded on a more substantial rationale: De Palma is investigating the implications of the very proliferation of connectivity that Apple has pioneered.
Excerpt: Sadly, Passion is merely reduced to silly-minded sensual cinema as it awkwardly echoes DePalma’s earlier influences with psychological thrillers. DePalma’s exotic thriller has all the heated passion of a sweaty arthritic hand.