Audiences may require counselling sessions after two hours of twisted desire and treachery in the company of Ridley Scott’s erotically charged thriller.
In the film’s most memorable scene - not necessarily for the right reasons - Cameron Diaz’s tattooed vixen removes her underwear, mounts the bonnet of her boyfriend’s convertible and energetically performs a gymnastic feat across the windscreen that would surely be better served by a sponge or chamois leather.
‘You see a thing like that, it changes you,’ whimpers the boyfriend.
We wholeheartedly agree - we will never see Diaz the same way again.
Her all-guns-blazing portrayal is accompanied by terrific performances from Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz.
All three are badly let down though by Cormac McCarthy’s overly complicated and wordy script, which isn’t remotely interested in the protagonists’ emotional turmoil, just their suffering.
It’s a far cry from the nuances of the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning adaptation of McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men.