Deception runs deeper than love in peculiar ‘Wicker Park’

In Film & TV

“Wicker Park” is a wickedly manipulative thriller,
full of psychological twists and a touch of romance turned
obsession.

The story begins with investment banker Matthew (Josh Hartnett),
content with his girlfriend of two years, Rebecca (Jessica Pare),
until one day he thinks that he sees his long-lost love Lisa (Diane
Kruger) and puts everything aside to find her.

Searching high and low for Lisa, Matthew, along with best pal Luke
(Matthew Lillard), soon turns down a dangerous path as he comes
across shrewd actress Alex (Rose Byrne) and other risky obstacles
that stand in the way of his long-awaited dream of meeting up with
his “soulmate” years later.

Hartnett plays the victim role profusely well and Kruger is
beautiful to gaze at. But the real stars of the show are the
humorous and more mature Lillard, always knowing how to charm the
audience, and newbie Byrne, with her convincing portrayal of Alex,
the best friend with a personality complex closely resembling Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Modeled after the remake of the 1996 French thriller
“L’Appartement,” “Wicker Park” takes
on a different angle, resembling an independent film more than a
romance, with its fresh ability to leave audience members thinking
about the unique story long after exiting the theater.

Director Paul McGuigan uses a straight-forward approach of filming,
snapping from clip to clip of past memories and present-day
occurrences within seconds, confusing viewers at times, especially
when all the scenes blend together to form an adequate
psychological tale.

Numerous twists and turns tantalize the mind as well, leading to
unexpected incidents and theories in the story that shock the life
out of its spectators.

Sadly, “Wicker Park” may teach people not to trust
their loved ones, by displaying various acts of betrayal between
best friends and lovers every 10 minutes or so in the flick.

But it does present one heartfelt message to all romantics:
don’t give up on love. If it is meant to be, it will happen,
one way or another.

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