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- DescriptionFor the first time in his long career, writer-director Woody Allen takes his cast and crew to London, and the European location breathes new life into the normally Manhattan-centric auteur. Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Chris Wilton, a former pro on the world tennis circuit, with eyes set on a very different kind of prize. After meeting Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode) at an exclusive club, he becomes friendly with Tom's extremely wealthy family, including his powerful businessman father, Alec (Brian Cox) and his attractive sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), who is desperate to get married and have children. The only problem is that Chris has fallen hard and fast for Tom's fiancee, the steaming-hot Nola (Scarlett Johansson), an unsuccessful American actress from Colorado who just might share Chris's lustful feelings, a romantic entanglement that could get in the way of his master plan. As he does with his New York-set films, Allen includes many London landmarks, including the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House, the Queen's Club, St. James Park, the Millennium Bridge, the Palace Theatre, and the so-called Gherkin building, with its marvellous views of the city. He gets splendid performances from his actors, especially Rhys Meyers, who plays Chris with an intense glower, and Johansson, who is brilliant as the sexy, confident femme fatale. Allen is also inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, with several references and homages to the work of the great British director. The soundtrack features songs from LA TRAVIATA, RIGOLETTO, OTELLO, MACBETH, SALVATOR ROSA, IL TROVATORE, and other operas, primarily sung by Enrico Caruso.
- Leading Role 1Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Director 1Woody Allen
- Leading Role 2Emily Mortimer
- Leading Role 3Matthew Goode
- Additional Roles byJames Nesbitt,Penelope Wilton,Brian Cox,Selina Cadell,Colin Salmon,Ewen Bremner,Paul Kaye,John Fortune,Rupert Penry-Jones,Anthony O'Donnell,Steve Pemberton,Margaret Tyzack,Scott Handy
- ProducerLetty Aronson,Lucy Darwin,Stephen Tenenbaum,Gareth Wiley
- ScreenwriterWoody Allen
- Score ComposerAndrew Lloyd Webber,Giuseppe Verdi,Gaetano Donizetti,Gioacchino Rossini
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2006
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Subtitle LanguagesEnglish
- Running Time124 minutes
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- jrcrer101 Aug, 2010by
A CLASSY, THOUGHT-PROVOKING THRILLER WITH A TWIST!
Excellent film! Underlying the social niceties there is a sinister thread, and the role of Fate in life is shown to be all-important. Thought-provoking, and also a spot-on portrayal of the English upper class (who are portrayed sympathetically while clearly on another planet!). With a twist at the end, tension towards the end is almost unbearable.
- 790769265@delet...15 Sep, 2009by
Slow, boring and painful
It's a bit like watching paint dry, only not as exciting and quite painful. This movie could be used quite effectively as an aid for insomniacs as it's a sure thing to bring on much needed sleep. Lots of movies have an anti-climax which leaves the viewer feeling disappointed and robbed at a movies poor ending. This movie doesn't have such an anti-climax as it is poor all of the way through. If you have ever wondered what it must be like to get very old and be bed-ridden with a fatal illness which leaves you slowly drained of mental capacity, unable to do anything for yourself and devoid of any thought processes besides eat, drink and sleep, then this movie will satisfy the curiosity perfectly as it is the Hollywood equivalent of a full frontal lobotomy. Once the end credits on the movie have completed you will wonder if you have been smoking anything illegal as never-experienced-before short term memory problems ensue and you wonder what you have been doing for the past couple of hours having absolutely no recall of watching Match Point whatsoever. Yes, it really is that boring a movie that it will leave no memories or impressions on you whatsoever. After inserting this movie and before puching Play on your remote control make sure you have a good book handy so you can read through the boring bits ( i.e. the entire movie ). Even better, turn the volume very quiet whilst playing this movie and find something to do in another room so that you don't have to endure the painful experience that Match Point is. If you have different tastes in movies to me then you may like it. If you are into tennis and you are into mush and you are into being bored out of your skull then this movie should do it for you. Mind you, make sure you are into tennis, mush and being bored. You need all three as if you are only into one or two of these three things then it simply won't do it for you and you'll find yourself ( an hour into the movie ) tearing your hair out wondering when the movie is actually going to start. Enough with the long review though. It wasn't really required as I can sum the entire movie up in only three words - "Chinese Water Torture". So, if you are an insominiac then go out now and buy this movie. Go on. You need this movie. It will work far better for you than anything you can get from your doctor or local herbal therapy retailer. Purchase the movie and enjoy the rest of your life which will be full of long fulfilling 8 hour sleeps every single night. Anybody else, leave it alone. It ain't for you. Read full review
- 650332694@delet...23 Jul, 2009by
excellent watch,edge of the seat stuff with a great shocking twist brilliant movie scarlett looks stunning,not the usual woody allen arty to much talking kinda film.
- surreyclan08 May, 2009by
great movie- woody allen is a genius, this will be a classic- quality stuff... not always pretty or comfortable, but well written, well acted, well chilling...
- oo7**10 Apr, 2009by
Match Point (2005)
The man who said 'I'd rather be lucky than good' saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. It's scary to think so much is out of one's control. There are moments in a match when the ball hits the top of the net, and for a split second it can either go forward or fall back. With a little luck, it goes forward and you win… or maybe it doesn't, and you lose." A one-time tennis pro, Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) was used to falling just short in his life. But when he befriends Tom Hewett (Matthew Goode) and marries his sister, Chloe (Emily Mortimer), the doors are opened to the kind of money and success that Chris had once only dreamed of having. Chris should have settled for happiness, but he is torn by his attraction to Tom's impossibly beautiful and alluring fiancée, Nola (Scarlett Johansson). The attraction turns to an obsession that forces Chris to make a critical choice. Now everything in his life hinges on whether or not Chris falls short again…and if his luck runs out. "Match Point" is a drama about ambition and obsession, the seduction of wealth, and the often irreconcilable relationship between love and sexual passion. Perhaps most importantly, however, the story reveals the huge part luck plays in the events of our lives, refuting the comforting misconception that more of life is under our control than really is. Read full review
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