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Film Review: The Details (2011)
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The Details (2011). Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. The film starts with obstetrician Dr. Jeff Lang (Tobey Maguire) recapping all the details that relate to later events in the film: a plant, sodium fluoroacetate poison, a kidney, sleeping pills, a transaction at the bank, and an adult Internet site. The story then starts proper, with Dr. Lang and his wife discusing having a second child, so they want to extend their house. Although Lang is told he cannot extend it due to breaking building regulations. The Details cannot be accused of a lack of story, as it's packed with... well, details. A somewhat complex story is woven in which Dr. Lang slowly descends into a nightmare. The story has this curious way of mixing both the light and deep, albeit Lang doesn't seem to respond as naturally as you might expect. Despite that there's some fantastic character performances. Maguire is brilliant as the central character, with another standout performance from Laura Linney as Lang's neighbour. It was a difficult story to end, and perhaps it was a shame they went for the safe option rather than something darker. Albeit you at least come away from the film feeling somewhat upbeat. Recommended for fans of quirky dark comedy who can stand Tobey Maguire. 4/5 (Good)
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