Not Bad But Not Brilliant
- The Passenger (1975) has a lot to admire. Legendary director Michelangelo Antonioni crafts a visually stunning film - each shot is carefully set up and turns the viewer's eyes into flares staring at the framing and colors (the near final scene of the film is visually incredible). Jack Nicholson gives a very soft and subtle portrayal of David Locke, a man unhappy with his life and therefore trades himself in for a different identity once a man who looks like him dies. Nicholson might not be everyone's first pick to play a soft-spoken British man (who was raised in America, so he has no British accent) but he totally convinces in the role. Also, the film does keep the viewer guessing what each scene will bring throughout Locke's trek across Europe.
CBC Rating: 6/10