AS LISTED ON SEVERAL MOVIE SITES; RECEIVES 'R' RATING FROM MPAA
Looks like eOne is making some progress on getting Brian De Palma's Passion into U.S. theaters this summer. Yesterday, Rope Of Silicon's Brad Brevet noted that all ten films rated this week by the MPAA received R ratings, including Passion, which was given an R "for sexual content, language and some violence." Meanwhile, perhaps not coincidentally, several movie sites, such as Movie Insider, ComingSoon.Net, Rotten Tomatoes, and The Numbers are listing June 7 2013 as the release date for Passion. The latter three sites note that it will be a "limited" release that day, meaning it probably won't be in enough theaters to compete head-to-head with M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth (with Will Smith), or the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship, but it will be out and about, and will hopefully go wide at some point.
Passion opened today in Hong Kong and in Greece. South China Morning Post's Andrew Sun is not impressed, complaining about the film's use of dream sequences, and saying that "if you enjoy trashy kitsch so stupefyingly bad it is entertainingly good, Brian De Palma's latest fetish thriller is a ripe, aromatic cheese of a Showgirls piquancy."
Horrorant's John Hatzopoulos took a while to warm up to Rachel McAdam's performance in the film, and really liked Karoline Herfurth's. He notes that the exaggerated interpretations of the actors in the slower first parts of the film help to prepare the viewer for the more surreal twists and turns of the latter parts. Hatzopoulos goes on to praise the cinematography of José Luis Alcaine as "excellent", adding that "there are many beautiful shots, while the blue color that prevails in the second half is the right touch to put us in the surreal world of the film." Hatzopoulos expects that Passion will divide audiences.