Match Point (2006)

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, Penelope Wilton

Directed by: Woody Allen

R. 124 mins

A sultry drama that seamlessly transforms into a tense thriller; Match Point is some of Woody Allen’s best work. Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), a man from a poor background, has made his way high enough in the field of tennis to gain some recognition but now spends his days instructing others at a London tennis club. He soon becomes friends with his new client, the charming and wealthy Tom (Matthew Goode). Tom introduces Chris to his sister Chloe (Emily Mortimer) who is immediately taken with him – she even sets him up for a job in her father’s business. Then, Chris meets the seductive Nola (Scarlett Johansson), a wannabe-actress from the United States who just so happens to be engaged to Tom. Eventually an affair begins as this story of luck, greed, and guilt grows darker. Match Point is well-acted and the story, while not entirely new for Allen, contains sharp dialogue and intensely absorbing visuals that make it a beautiful nightmare suited for adults only – * * * * 

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