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Movie Review: In Secret

In a retelling of the classic story of Therese Raquin In Secret, Elizabeth Olsen plays the titular character and brings an emotional intensity and sexual prowess that livens up the 19th century tale of forbidden love and the power of lust.

Olsen quietly exploded onto the big screen with her breakout turn as Martha in the 2011 cultist drama film Martha Marcy May Marlene. She presented a subtle tenacity on the resulting psychosis that comes from being manipulated by being sucked into and contorted by a cult that surprised many critics and audience members alike due to the fact that she is the younger sister to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen who have not proven to be worth much in their lives. She continued her climb to stardom with turns in several well-received indies, has wrapped production on the new Godzilla remake (due to come out in May) and is filming the next Avengers movie. But her turn as Therese finally shows her true talent when it comes to becoming her character. She creates the perfect mood in every scene she inhabits. Her sensuality is intoxicating and when you add in the raw talent of other rising star Oscar Isaac (who plays Laurent), the two take over the screen and suck you in whenever they are together.

Their arc of emotions is what makes this entire movie. Co-stars Jessica Lange and Tom Felton prove meaningless and annoying but Olsen and Isaac save the show. Even when their acting could be seen as blatant melodrama, it still works. It’s delicious vile and wickedly sexy.

Something unexpected is the comedy throughout the movie. It acts as a sort of stress reliever. Especially Shirley Henderson as Suzanne, an especially dry humored housewife who acts as a sort of assistant to the audience in uncovering the malevolent acts of the two lovers Therese and Laurent.

By the end of the movie, the overarching feeling is a mixture of sadness, exhaustion (mainly because of the supporting actors and some scenes can drag on), desire and fulfillment. In Secret offers more than your usual early year releases with a little something extra in the form of Olsen and Isaac’s infectious passion.

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