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Friday 15 December 2017

Hunky men not enough

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And now one for the ladies -- not one, but two gorgeous leading men in Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas.

And that's about it. For this sneaked-on-to-shelf effort is one of Neeson's poorer showings, and while his acting is top notch, the script is a let-down.

It opens with Neeson as the outsider in his wife's designer fashion world.

For some unknown reason, she's the darling of the shoe-creating world, while Peter (Neeson) is about as welcome as a fart in a lift. Over dinner, his wife Lisa (Laura Linney in annoying mode) asks him if he's ever felt like going offside with another woman.

Romantic that he is, he tells her she's the only woman he's ever truly loved -- while she looks like she's got something to hide, and says she'd walk away never to be seen again if she had to follow her heart.

Fast-forward to the future and, guess what, Lisa's gone -- and Peter wants answers.

Snooping around on her laptop, Peter discovers that she's been doing some horizontal slam-dancing with Latin romeo Ralph (Banderas) -- and he sets out to find him, and discover her secrets.

There's a rubbish twist at the end, and the viewer gets plenty of clues as to what's really happening here. And when it's revealed, the whole plot suddenly doesn't make any sense.

The Other Man begins a bit like Taken, a much better Neeson effort, and you're half expecting him to blow away his love rival.

But then, in a scene straight from Heat, instead of beating each other up, they play chess in a bar.

It's hard to care for any of the characters -- and for some unknown reason Peter's irritating daughter Abigail hasn't got much time for him, and his employees also treat him like an idiot.

Bizarre and muddled, the ladies might like it for the half-naked Neeson and Banderas moments (not together, I hasten to add), but that's about it.

DVd Extras Director and cast interviews.

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