better than expected thriller/mystery. it preys on the usual genre conventions and uses them to create tension. it also overturns some of them like the expectation that this rogue female will end up needing a man’s help at some point to defeat the bad guy. in the end, it’s a good mix of convention and convention-breaking that makes the film relatively unpredictable and surprisingly watchable.
seyfried’s character is unstable, ballsy and very resourceful. she’s everything that a male counterpart might be, but with the added dimension that everyone underestimates her because of her gender. it’s like butch says in pulp fiction “That’s how you’re gonna beat ’em, Butch. They keep underestimating you.”Watched in theater