New to Me is a series here at The Nerds Templar where we discuss a film that has been out for a while. It’s most likely available on DVD or streaming services, but it’s our first time seeing it. Hence, it’s “New to Me”!



I wanted to and should have loved The Two Faces of January. It starts out really well and then slows down and down and down.

The film is about a con artist, his wife and an American who is a tour guide in Greece. He gets involved with the couple and then a private detective is killed. As the story unravels, you’re never quite sure who is playing who.

I’ve liked Viggo Mortensen for years. I’ve been a huge fan of Oscar Isaac well before the mainstream fell in love with him in Star Wars. Kirsten Dunst can be hit or miss for me, but she’s solid in this.

It’s from the writer of Drive, which I loved, and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley which got turned into a film I liked a lot as well. So with this cast and the crew behind it, this film should have been a slam dunk, out of the park home run for me. It just wasn’t.

I think it’s the pacing of the film. It gets painfully slow to me. I understand they wanted to draw out the drama, but it lost its tone and style because of it.

It’s a shame too because the three leads are very good. The setting and backdrops are breathtaking. The costuming of the film is perfect. It has a good style to it, but it’s just too slow.

There’s too much talent involved for The Two Faces of January to be bad. It’s not bad. I just wanted to like it way more. There’s a great movie somewhere in there, but the resulting film just doesn’t deliver what it should. If you are fan of the actors or want to see more of Oscar Isaac’s work prior to his blockbuster and despite the pacing issues, it is still…


Cast & Crew:

  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Kirsten Dunst

Recommended If You Like:

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Alfie
  • Dramas

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