Entertainment Weekly - 09/17/2004
"[The film] makes your brain spin in surprising and pleasurable ways."
Los Angeles Times - 09/03/2004
"[A]n elegant tale of romantic obsession..."
Uncut - 10/01/2004
"[T]he complex affairs tug towards a satisfying, powerful climax."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/03/2004
"WICKER PARK works because the actors invest their scenes with what is, under the circumstances, astonishing emotional realism."
In remaking the 1996 French thriller L'APPARTEMENT, director Paul McGuigan transplants the story to the snow-covered Windy City, Chicago. Josh Hartnett is Matthew, a good-looking young man who has a great job and an even greater girlfriend. But just before he's about to get on a plane to China and score his first major account, the past comes back to haunt him. Matthew runs into his good friend Luke (Matthew Lillard), who is dating a mysterious actress, Alex (Rose Byrne). Suddenly he is reminded of Lisa (Diane Kruger), a beautiful dancer he dated years before. But the day after he asked her to move in with him, Lisa disappeared. Now Matthew's search for his long lost love is renewed. The harder he looks, the more the truth gradually, and devastatingly, begins to reveal itself.
McGuigan's stylish, convoluted thriller shifts between the past and present, preventing viewers from solving the puzzle until the film's closing act. Featuring an outstanding soundtrack from some of modern rock's most celebrated artists (Coldplay, Mazzy Star, Broken Social Scene), WICKER PARK also boasts engaging performances from its cast of pretty young faces.
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