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Chloe: movie review

Suspecting her husband of infidelity, a wife sets a trap only to face unforeseen consequences in ‘Chloe.’

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In this film publicity image released by Sony Pictures Classics, Liam Neeson, left, and Julianne Moore are shown in a scene from 'Chloe.'

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The Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter”) often fumbles his own best ideas. His latest film, “Chloe,” has a promising premise: A physician (Julianne Moore) suspects her college professor husband (Liam Neeson) of dallying with his students and, to test his resolve, hires a hooker (Amanda Seyfried) to put the moves on him and report back to her. Inevitably, the wife gets more than she bargained for. Many intriguing psychological crosscurrents roil this scenario, but Egoyan too often lapses into a soft-core dreamland. The film somehow manages to be both a turn-on and a turnoff. Grade: C+ (Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, nudity, and language.)

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