14 May 2003 | abisio
What did you do Brian ?
As a loyal admirer of De Palma's previous world since Carrie or Phantom in Paradise, I felt terrible disappointed on the absurdity and mediocrity of his latest work FEMME FATALE.
The story is so absurd and the characters so shallow defined, that there is no suspense; the bad guys has no presence or strength and there is only one good persons who is not even a secondary character (how could you care for the good husband if he is only shown in one 30 seconds scene, not even a close-up, with two lines of dialog). Banderas has enough charisma to give some sympathy to a paparazzi with a never explained past, and Romijn- Stamos has some screen presence (which you could appreciate better in the X-MEN movies) but characters behavior have no explanation or reason there is no much they can do here. There is some kind of surprise at the end, whose only reason seems to give some plausibility to the beginning.
If based on the title or ads or the main actress, you are looking for the steam of Body Double or Dressed to Kill, they are nowhere to be found here. The movie start's with a lesbian scene, but as in most recent USA movies; the shy camera looks elsewhere. After that (promising but absolutely unnecessary) scene, you only get fetish made for Americans sex, no nudity only but lingerie and dancing, which could be the idea of erotism of a made for TV cheap movie.
I believe there was some failed intention to imitate David Lynch (Mullholland's Drive) and then a hard editing job to make the movie bearable at least.
In short, as a sign of respect to a great director; SKIP THIS MOVIE, you will not regret it.