A Dangerous Method (2011)

dir. David Cronenberg

Such an intriguing premise, yet such an idiotic film. A Dangerous Method explores the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein. Whilst Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen turn in solid performances as the former two, any of Keira Knightley’s efforts as Spielrein are kind of lost in her dreadful Russian accent, which sounds mostly like she’s choking on vodka for the entire film. This movie is supposed to delve into sexual deviancy, the depths of the subconscious, and the torment of insanity – but instead it all feels a bit clinical, a bit box-ticking. It’s as though these emotions are being told rather than shown. A Dangerous Method clearly falls prey to the techniques of the two men it centres – observing, observing, observing, and thus unable to commit to actually doing very much.

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