Downloading Nancy (2008)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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An unhappy wife orders a guy she meets over the Internet to kill her, but the two of them fall in love.




  • Maria Bello in Downloading Nancy (2008)
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  • Johan Renck at an event for Downloading Nancy (2008)
  • Matthew Harrison in Downloading Nancy (2008)
  • Amy Brenneman and Maria Bello at an event for Downloading Nancy (2008)
  • David Lawrence Brown and Michael Nyqvist in Downloading Nancy (2008)

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18 November 2009 | peedur
| Based (loosely) on the Story of Sharon Lopatka
Crimelibrary has an account of a suburban Baltimore, MD woman whose story is markedly similar to this film in the broad facts.

However, the movie departs from that story when exploring the protagonist's psychology - Maria Bello plays a very different character from that of Sharon Lopatka. The film tries to link contradicting pathologies which weren't present in the real story, and which would be fine if there was a point - there doesn't seem to be. Unlike Michael Haneke's, "La Pianiste," there seems to be a poor grasp or care about the underlying chaos of this character beyond the dramatic possibilities. Maria Bello's performance is admirable but the narrative fails to draw significant meaning from the substance of her struggle.

While there is an attempt to create a dark, grim sheen to the film, the casting of two very pretty Hollywood stars (Bello and Patric) was an epic blunder. It adds an unwelcome 'allure' to a tale which should remain, frankly, indigestible. Marketable, sexy actors transform this fascinating story into something weirdly, sadly exploitative. Jason Patric is such a poor choice - it couldn't be any more distracting if it were Brad Pitt! (It might have felt more grounded with actors like James Gandolfini and Kathy Bates... ).

Rufus Sewell is captivating here and brings a needed realism in his portrayal of the bewildered husband.

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Release Date:

1 May 2009



Country of Origin

USA, Canada, Serbia

Filming Locations

Saskatchewan, Canada

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,324 7 June 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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