Daniel Brühl in The Face of an Angel (2014)

The Failing of an Idea

Thomas (Daniel Brhl) a documentary maker is in Italy to observe the case involving Jessica Fuller (Genevieve Gaunt), an American who along with a friend is accused of murdering her friend. He is observing because he has been employed to make a movie about the murder case and so has hooked up with journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale) to try and get an insight into the crime which made headlines around the world. But as Thomas struggles with how to make the movie, his own failed marriage and meeting an English waitress, Melanie (Cara Delevingne) his imagination starts to get the better of him.

First things first and for those who don't know "The Face of an Angel" is a movie which draws on the real case of Amanda Knox, but it isn't a dramatization of that story but a movie about a documentary maker trying to come up with a movie about that case. Some may say what a clever take on things whilst others will say what a stupid idea, in the case of "The Face of an Angel" I have to say it is a stupid idea and one which struggles very quickly to get the audience interested and involved in the struggles of Thomas.

The truth is that despite being played by the talented Daniel Brhl, Thomas is not in the least bit interesting. Yes he has problems, he grows close to pretty women and finds his imagination going a bit wild when it comes to ideas for the movie but he is boring. And sadly the longer "The Face of an Angel" goes on the more boring it becomes and the more you feel cheated as both Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne have characters who end up as just noise rather than feeling like they have a real purpose.

What this all boils down to is that "The Face of an Angel" really didn't work for me and if it wasn't for the reasonable production values I would have probably rated this lower.