Whatever it takes? Whatever
RELEASED JUST two years ago, Anything for Her was an enjoyable French thriller somewhat sabotaged by its rampaging implausibility. It followed a bloke who, after a night out, sees his wife arrested for the murder of her boss. The circumstantial evidence seems damning (her fingerprints are on the murder weapon, the victim’s blood is on her coat) but the hero remains loyal to his beloved and, after immersing himself in research, seeks to break her out of jail. There were thrills aplenty, but it never seemed likely that an average Joe could so quickly become a master criminal.
Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning writer and director of Crash, has tweaked the story somewhat for this mildly diverting, overlong Hollywood remake. The film has a more ambiguous ending, and the interweaving relationships are explored more fully. But its latter half is still mired in implausibility.
Russell Crowe, always at his best when dishevelled, does decent work as the low-level Pittsburgh academic who finds his life dismembered by the arrival of impolite police officers
Man without mercy: Crowe