Pearce and Pierce prove a perceptive pairing in the piece-it-together murder mystery, SPINNING MAN.
Guy Pearce plays Evan Birch, a philosophy professor whose former philandering makes him the focus of a missing female student investigation headed by Pierce Brosnan’s alibi piercing policeman.
Brosnan’s Detective Malloy has every reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in the girl’s disappearance.
And he’s not the only one grappling with his presumed guilt. Still flinching from a previous indiscretion, his wife, beautifully played by Minnie Driver, is torn between suspicion and support.
Directed by Simon Kaijser, SPINNING MAN is a competent psychological thriller that explores the fine line that sometimes exists between guilt and innocence, conviction and perception, doubt and truth.
What gives SPINNING MAN its spin is the pairing of Guy Pearce and Pierce Brosnan. The chemistry and physicality between the two characters keeps the yarn spinning.
Pearce’s academic is polished and assured, astute in the semantics of philosophy but fragile in personal ethos, subject to the flattery of female students.
Pierce’s policeman is a grizzled, gruff, recovering alcoholic whose instinct and experience make him a dogged inquisitor.
Both performances simmer with subtle shades of self doubt and self determination.
Caught in the middle of both these men, is Minnie Driver, a definite driving force of the picture, reacting to the pressure from both sides.
Two charismatic leading men and a splendid leading lady elevates SPINNING MAN from the stock standard sleuther.
SPINNING MAN launches on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Wednesday October 3rd, 2018