Monday, June 29, 2009

Adrien Brody stars in forgettable Italian thriller

EDINBURGH (Hollywood Reporter) – Adrien Brody writes another offbeat chapter in his idiosyncratic filmography with the uneven cop-vs.-killer thriller "Giallo."

This unlikely-on-paper, underwhelming-in-execution collaboration between Oscar winner Brody and legendary horror-suspense director Dario Argento doesn't rank anywhere near the finest work by either man. And though "Giallo," like Argento's 2007 "Mother of Tears," has been picked up for North American distribution by the Weinstein Co., it will be lucky to obtain even the most fleeting of big-screen releases before heading to ancillary afterlife.

"Mother of Tears" had a kind of gruesome, berserk brio that if nothing else commanded attention. But in "Giallo," flashes of inspiration are few and far between. It's no surprise that this is the first time in his long career that Argento has served as director-for-hire on a screenplay devised by others. The director reportedly has distanced himself from the project and was conspicuous by his absence at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

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