After a six-year hiatus from feature filmmaking, Neil Jordan returns with a visually splendid, though thematically thin, New York-set thriller. A well-to-do recent college graduate (Chloë Grace Moretz) mourning the loss of her mother befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert), only to find out that the woman is a psychopath obsessed with terrorizing young strangers. The opening passages, which detail the characters bonding over their mutual loneliness, are intriguing and sensitively realized: Jordan succeeds at making New York seem unusually small (foreshadowing the frightening depictions of confinement that occur later on), and the two leads are highly sympathetic. But once the older woman reveals her true nature, the film becomes a relatively conventional stalker tale, and the psychological insights of the first act seem for naught. Even then the film doesn’t lack for fun visuals—I just wished there were a better script to go with them. With Maika Monroe and Jordan’s perennial favorite actor, Stephen Rea.
R • 1 hour 38 min • 2019