What­ever it takes? What­ever

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Reviews -

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

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