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Plot: An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation. Runtime: 82 mins Release Date: 06 Mar 2012
If you like Agatha Christie's BOOKS, you will really like this film. (by aaenergysolomonislands)
The top notch actors make this film better than some people might think it should be. However it is on its own merits an excellent mystery thriller, with a wonderful soundtrack and a LOT of details left for the audience to see, if only they realized they were significant! On second viewing those details leap out at you.If you guess the plot in two minutes the performances and pace will still keep you enthralled.This is NOT a windows click generation type film with constant sex, bad language, violence or similar gimmicks. It's very much like a taut version of one of Agatha Christie's <more>
books -- in fact the murderer in it is 'textbook' Christie.Recommended.
This is an incredibly original movie nothing like it before. I can relate to this as a person who enjoys his privacy and alone time.
Something worth seeing (by gurubesar)
I never give 10, because 10 is only reserve for the guy above..., so 9 would be my max. Selma Blair is really amazing on this movie. The way she acts as a timid and scared girl is so convincing. When she appear again in the last scene, you would not believe how she has become somebody quite different. The timing and plot of the story was arranged so that the viewers were lead to expect the normal Hollywood conclusion; but the end game is something else. With the simple story behind it, I was expecting to see some steamy action to extend the time allocation. In fact this is one of the cleanest <more>
movie that I have seen so far and I am glad that I watch this one. For me, it is 96 minutes well spent.
Bravo to Kevin Pollack, who also co-wrote this refreshing mystery in the style of the Raymond Chandler stories of old. (by fredericksmith1952)
Bravo to Kevin Pollack, who also co-wrote this refreshing mystery in the style of the Raymond Chandler stories of old. Selma Blair and Giovanni Ribisi in my opinion one of the most underexposed and capable actors of recent years, re: The Other Sister, Boiler Room, Avatar, etc. give plausible and perfectly tuned performances in this film. The supporting cast is exceptional. Jason Lee provides the audience with a new perspective on his already estimable talents, not falling back upon his comedic style. Pollack and Bridges, two actors whose abilities are well known, provide us with exceptional <more>
supporting characters, as do Jason Antoon and Amy Smart. Although the initial twenty minutes of the film are a bit slow, the action quickly picks up and the conclusion contains a refreshing twist. Cinematography and photography are excellent, and the film has a cohesive feel that provides the illusion of the first time, which is after all the point of acting. Rated PG-13 for language and violence, hats off to the director and writers for not falling into the "gratuitous sex scenes that so often accompany films of this nature. Collectible? Depends on your particular bent, but wouldn't rule it out. Watch it and decide for yourself.
I watched this film without having read any reviews or heard anything about it. The fact that it contained Selma Blair, Amy Smart and Kevin Pollack was enough of a recommendation for me. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I was not disappointed. In fact, I was somewhat startled by the number of negative reactions. I guess they are fans of shoot em ups while I like a more atmospheric, intellectual movie. This is not a great movie but it is a good movie. I thought of it as a homage to the psychological thrillers of the forties and fifties. Pollak, as always, is superb and both Blair and Smart <more>
do credible turns. The twist at the end is fairly predictable but at the same time satisfying. Well worth watching, at home, on a chilly evening.
An exciting thriller that keeps you guessing the entire time. Great acting, plot & movie. I really enjoyed this. I say A- (by cosmo_tiger)
"Well this is Columbus circle sir, nothing seems strange around here." Reclusive multi-millionaire heiress Abigail Clayton Blair has been living alone in her apartment for almost 20 years. When her neighbor dies she is upset that new tenants have moved in. When an ugly incident introduces Abigal to her new neighbors the lives of all involved begin to change. I have to say that this is normally the kind of movie that I love. A great cast where all their lives are intertwined with each other in some way. A movie that keeps you guessing at the motives of everyone and just when you <more>
think you know what's going on a twist is thrown in. This is another type of movie that to talk about it would give away something that would ruin the enjoyment of it so I will just say that this is a must see movie that you will enjoy. I really did. Overall, a great thriller full of twists that keeps you guessing. I give it an A-.
It's been a long time since I've seen a thriller that gets you tangled and twisted into the plot, and intelligently ties up all the loose ends at the conclusion. There is a mystery behind every main character, and the layers are neatly unraveled once the story develops. Columbus Circle is named after the posh apartment in New York City in which this movie takes place. The story centers around Abigail who keeps to herself and never leaves the apartment complex. It must have been a while since I've seen Blair. She still looks good, but she's far from the girl we all remember as <more>
Cecile from Cruel Intentions. It's hard to believe that Blair is almost 40. The bluish, dark, cold, eclectic look and feel of the complex creates the perfect atmosphere for a chilling thriller such as this one. Abigail's peaceful life is interrupted when suspicious a couple played by Amy Smart and Jason Lee move into the apartment where a woman was just murdered. I haven't seen Smart in anything in a while, but she does well in this thriller. I've always seen her in comedic role, so this serious movie does her great justice. Giovanni Ribisi was your typical by the book, level-headed detective. Judging by his dialogue and appearance, it looked like his character was supposed to be older than Ribisi himself. However, his acting potential wasn't exercised enough in this one. I would rather see him in more colorful roles like in Contraband. Jason Lee was okay, but wasn't amazing. Kevin Pollack and Beau Bridges were great in their scenes. Bridges' warm and comforting presence as Abigail's doctor and confidant was the perfect contrast to balance the coldness of the movie as explained before.I wish there were more thrillers like Columbus Circle that keep you on the edge without overwhelming the audience about the characters' back story or unnecessary scenes that slow down the movie. Not much blood and violence was needed to paint the movie in a dark, sadistic light. The plot was linear from start to finish. The dynamics of the relationship between Abigail and Lillian was well developed in the beginning. As soon as I thought the movie would focus on their friendship ala Lifetime, the plot takes an unpredictable turn that unfolds into a well written story. There will always be those critics who analyze everything and claim they saw what was coming a mile away, but sometimes you must suspend your speculation and enjoy trying to figure everything out in a mystery/thriller. Don't get me wrong, the story is far from original and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to put the pieces together. But over analyzing movies like this ruins the big "Oh" moments and enjoyable moments when everything comes to light towards the end. TheMovieWire.com
It seems that a lot of users like to bash a movie and talk about how predictable a mystery is, just to show everyone else how smart they are. Talk about what's wrong with the direction even though they don't really know a thing about directing. This is a smart movie with good actors. Some think the villains made illogical and unreasonable choices. Well, most criminals aren't as smart as they think they are and do illogical things when everything starts to unravel. Most criminals aren't smart and don't keep a cool head under pressure. That's why they get caught!This is <more>
perceived as a movie about an agoraphobic and everyone is incredulous when she leaves her apartment in the climax. Abigail's doctor has told her she's agoraphobic, but he's in on the con and doesn't want her to have any contact with anyone but him. Remember that she chose to disappear for a reason. She had the privacy she wanted so she had no reason to leave her apartment - and her life was purposefully controlled. People choose fight or flight when threatened. When Abigail comes under extreme threat, she chooses both flight nowhere to run except OUT of her apartment and fight for her fortune without which she could not exist .The doctor's choice of henchmen seems flawed, but what kind of people are you going to get for something like this? First person I would ask would be an ex-con, which by definition is a loser. Greed can fuzzy your thinking. The closer they got to the money, the less logical they became. They kept thinking "just one more person out of the way and we'll have enough money to run where no one can find us".Another user spoke of how dumb the police were. They had already zeroed in on Ray owning both apartments. One user said it was not believable that Abigail was leaving without an identity. She had already transferred her money somewhere. She could by her own plane and pilot. She knew how to disappear - she had done it before.I really liked the acting by Kevin Pollack and Jason Lee. Ribisi always brings a sense of intelligence and also naiveté to his characters. His partner's character could have added humor or at least something with better lines and actor - Samm Levine would have been great as the partner rather than the bank manager.