audience Reviews

, 88% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful cinematography, masterful acting, and a plot full of twists and turns throughout will keep you highly engaged in this classic noir-thriller. A very entertaining film.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Loved this thrill ride!! The cinematography by the LEGEND, Dante Spinotti puts this film a different category than you might expect. I recommend re-watching and paying attention to his lighting and framing techniques throughout-- next level stuff. While Swank is amazing (as always), Michael Ealy really stood out to me. He needs to be in everything!!! Put him in a big 100 million budget tent pole or a prestige Oscar bait film! The dude has chops.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    slow start, but wirth the wait.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Very good storyline action packed. Great acting!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The unexpected twist of the movie was good. I enjoyed trying to figure out the various twist.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Movies like Fatale are made more often than one might think. Being released primarily by Lionsgate, in normal circumstances, this film probably would've had a wide release in theatres. Yes, it had a theatrical run last month, but I think being on-demand is where it will find its biggest audience anyway. It's films like this that usually end up going straight to streaming services or to DVD back in the day. I'm not going to sugar coat this review and find things I admired about the film very much, because it's just a bad film, through and through. Here are my thoughts on Fatale.  To put the premise simply, Derrick Tyler (Michael Ealy) is uncertain about the loyalty of his wife toward him, so on a bachelor trip, he decides to have a one-night stand with Val Quinlan (Hilary Swank). After one bad decision turns his life upside down, he now finds himself right in the middle of a police investigation. This film worked for me for the first 10–20 minutes, as it just felt like a fine throwaway B movie storyline. With that said, this film begins to show its true colours when the first act ends, becoming a film that tries way too hard to impress, even by its own standards. Oddly enough, I think the score of the film and the screenplay are the two biggest culprits here.  Having done very solid work on films like Disturbia or Christopher Robin, it almost felt like composer Geoff Zanelli clashed with some of the filmmakers behind the scenes. There were multiple occasions where the musical cues were so intense that it felt like the film was about to evolve into an action film. To clarify that statement, there is a scene where a character is walking up a staircase, looking for someone, and the score felt like something out of a horror movie, mashed up with something Hanz Zimmer would've done for a Christopher Nolan movie. Everything about the score of this movie took me out of the whole experience.  For writer David Loughery, his work has hardly ever worked for me if I'm being honest. From Obsessed to The Intruder, his screenplays always seem to be going for the big twists and surprises, but always seem forced. Now, giving credit where credit is due, I loved his work on the film Lakeview Terrace and I still, think that film is very underrated and deserves much more attention than it receives. At least to me, I know Loughrey has solid potential as a writer, I've just never been pulled in very much by his work. In the case of Fatale though, I felt like all of his weaknesses were on display here as a writer, which was really too bad. The film felt like it was always trying to outdo itself with twists so you sort of expected twists to follow certain scenes throughout the third act, and I just felt like they were all things that were done better in many other films, even written by himself. I truly believe that a different genre might suit his writing better.  Overall, with a cast that included Hilary Swank and Michael Ealy (in which I'm a fan of both), I was intrigued. Sadly, Fatale is the prime example of a film that bites off more than it can chew. Sure, the set-up provides intrigue and I was invested because I like the actors and actresses involved, but the movie devolves into something that it didn't need to be. For all of these reasons and more, I can't get myself to recommend this to anyone. It will absolutely hook viewers in the first act, but I would be surprised if they get anything out of the rest of the movie. Fatale is now available on-demand.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    It was so bad that it was good. Sex scenes were interesting and funny af but it didn’t make me horny and that’s what I needed tonight tbh. But I will be Saturday night.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Not what we expected, which was good
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I would definitely go see again! Oh please don’t cheat with a cop
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars