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  • Summary: An intimate, gripping look at well-meaning people who get hopelessly, dreadfully lost in their pursuit of happiness. In 1924, Sarah and Hamish travel from England deep in to the jungle to earn their fortune surveying an ivory trading post. Instead of an exotic retreat, the couple encountersAn intimate, gripping look at well-meaning people who get hopelessly, dreadfully lost in their pursuit of happiness. In 1924, Sarah and Hamish travel from England deep in to the jungle to earn their fortune surveying an ivory trading post. Instead of an exotic retreat, the couple encounters an oppressively small community. Despite their best intentions, their presence in the jungle unleashes a downward spiral that ends in greed, murder and madness. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Imagine a sexually charged "Heart of Darkness" by way of Denmark's bare-bones Dogme 95 and you'll have an idea of what this dark, moody melodrama is like.
  2. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    50
    Another ferocious perf by Janet McTeer and an atmospheric Malaysian jungle location are nearly lost in the DV muddiness of period drama The Intended.
  3. Reviewed by: Joshua Land
    50
    A taut noirish thriller that unfolds in a fever of firelit ambience.
  4. The performances are so skillful that the actors almost carry it off. But as the shocks come thicker and faster, the credibility of The Intended, wears away.
  5. Contributions of the accomplished cast notwithstanding, this period drama takes a few too many spins around the downward spiral, making it hard to believe as well as unpleasant.
  6. 40
    The Intended is unintentionally risible from frame one to last. But don't just blame Levring: The script was co-authored by none other than McTeer herself, and the result suggests the sort of self-flagellating, anti-vanity project that can occur when perfectly capable actors start taking themselves way too seriously.
  7. The Intended is well-intended, but it is also the dreariest, most uninvolving movie I've seen this year.

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  1. CharlesC.
    Apr 16, 2007
    7
    Weird story, but acting performances are so mesmerizing one is apt to forgive the script and the slow pace. Not many peoples' cup of Weird story, but acting performances are so mesmerizing one is apt to forgive the script and the slow pace. Not many peoples' cup of tea, yet still worjth the time and patience to stick it out. Expand

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