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Sleeping with the Enemy tagline: Self-Defense is not murder
|Directors: Joseph Ruben|
|IMDB Rating: 5.7/10 out of 13,827 votes|
“Sleeping with the Enemy” Movie Review
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Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple… add synopsis
I can’t live without you. And I won’t let you live without me!
After Julia Roberts hit big with the vastly overrated Pretty Woman, she tried to broaden her palette and move from the bubbly, frothy rom-coms she began in. First up was Flatliners, the disappointing life after death thriller that had no idea how to tackle its subject without lapsing into cliche, and then the much better Sleeping with the Enemy
Sleeping with the Enemy has faded somewhat over the years, even though it was a reasonable success at the time. But I think its a film well worth reexamination. It deserves commendation for having the guts to dig into domestic abuse, seen through the eyes of a wife, running for her life from an abusive husband
The opening scenes are the best, because this is where we get to see something of they’re marriage. Laura (Roberts) has been married to Martin (Patrick Bergin) for over three years (eight months, six days). Martin is handsome, wealthy, an attentive husband and he and Laura enjoy an active sex life. Director Joseph Rubin uses considerable subtlety in the early scenes to illustrate there’s trouble in paradise. Like when Martin and Laura are getting ready to go to a party. Laura is all ready, but after Martin’s remark about wearing a different dress, in the following scene at the party, Laura’s not only changed her dress, she’s changed her whole look. Her hair. Her earrings. Everything
This continues into the next scenes. The hand towels aren’t arranged properly. Something Martin has to remind Laura of. Prompting Laura to hastily rearrange the cans in the cupboard so the labels all face forward. It all builds to its crescendo when Martin talks to a neighbour. After hearing something he doesn’t like (‘that must be your wife I’ve seen staring out the window’), he suddenly hits Laura. Its a scene that shocks you into numbness. Its the first time that Martin drops his mask of smooth charisma, and reveals himself as the impulsive control freak he really is
I wish there had been more scenes like that. I would have liked to have seen more of they’re marriage. The rest of the film falls into a much more obvious stride. Laura fakes her own death, because nothing else would ever get Martin out of her life. And when he learns the deception, he begins an obsessive hunt for Laura. Its only a minor disappointment. That doesn’t get in the way of a suspenseful, psycho-thriller. And Joseph Rubin keeps the screws turning with an unbearable relentlessness
Rubin’s direction is so polished the film glides at a frightening pace. SWTE loses momentum a little in the scenes without Martin, but it isn’t long before he’s back in the picture again, and when he is, the tension level jumps right back into the red. His whole investigation into the too many clues Laura has left behind are terrifying the way he follows them like a trail of breadcrumbs right to her new front door. In fact SWTE often reminds me of the Robert Mitchum classic Night of the Hunter. They both share a similar structure. Of someone on the run, trying to start a new life but a crazed psychotic from the past is on they’re trail
Julia Roberts is OK, if a bit too quietly played. Certainly she can be an engaging screen presence. She won a well deserved Oscar for Erin Brockovich. But she never really brings Laura to life. You never get the impression she’s slowly emerging from her shell, and blossoming into a confident new woman. And her scenes with Kevin Anderson, her next door neighbour who wants to help are dreadfully twee, and drag the film right down. There’s never that much chemistry between them. Besides, everyone in the cast gets completely upstaged by Patrick Bergin
Patrick Bergin is a greatly underrated actor. With his handsome looks and winning charisma, he has all the qualities necessary to be a perfect leading man. But sadly, Bergin has never had the career he so richly deserves, even though he has talent to spare. Still, whenever someone has the brains to cast him, he never fails to steal the show, and Sleeping with the Enemy is no exception
Bergin is a powerful presence whenever he’s on screen. Like a black storm cloud on the horizon, he’s come to turn Laura’s sunny new life upside down. With his imposing height, silky voice and persuasive charm, he captures the attention effortlessly. He makes Martin utterly charming one minute, and then perfectly sinister the next. Clearly enjoying every minute of this, he relishes playing the irredeemable bastard. He’s quite funny at times too. Martin delights in his own cruelty. He even seems privately amused by it. Why Bergin never became a major star after this is a genuine mystery. His dark magnetism propels the entire film. Without him, it would be nothing
It all ends a bit predictably, but Sleeping with the Enemy is a worthwhile addition to the psycho-genre. The familiar story is buoyed by Bergin’s captivating performance, and Rubin’s dexterous direction. There’s also a great musical score from the late Jerry Goldsmith. Seemingly innocuous one minute. Edgy as hell the next. Symphony Fantastique by Berlioz is put to great effect too. It chills to the bone, and works its way into your psyche so well that whenever you hear it in the future, its guaranteed to make you think of Sleeping with the Enemy.
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Some time ago I have watched this movie not once and not even twice. But I want to go back to watching it over again. Why? I’ve lived the story myself. It is not a fiction. It could be reality. And I believe there are many stories untold that are even more frightening. There are truly people out there who hide their persona well. And there are women out there for real who for their own reason get involved with individuals like those. I believe this movie was empowering to all open-minded people who can see beyond, who can empathize, who do not label or prejudge and who are on their journey of self-discovery. We all go through different experiences for a reason to learn and teach. Some people call it fate, some people call it a coincidence but always it ends with the kind of choices we make now and tomorrow.
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Julia Roberts has been a favourite actress of mine for several years, and no matter what she stars in, I like to watch. I felt her performance in Sleeping with the Enemy was a true likeness to anyone living in constant fear within a relationship. She portrayed the part with feeling. She made you believe that she really was being ‘haunted’ by his evil ways. Once again, she came up trumps, and this time, kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the performance. Congratulations Julia. Continue in this way for many years to come.
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