Despite the hot-ticket pairing of Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, this true(ish)-story drama never settles on a satisfying direction.
At first glance, it’s a Pacific Heights-style domestic pot-boiler, in which the marriage of a real-estate heir (Gosling) and a student (Dunst) falls apart as the former’s nastier side slowly emerges.
The effect is unpleasant rather than compelling; it’s followed by a final act of courts and conspiracies that feels like it comes from a different film entirely.
Well-supported by the likes of Frank Langella and Kristen Wiig, the leads bring commitment, but the end result is cold and inconsistent.
Sadly, it’s not hard to see why it’s been left on the shelf since 2010.