I would have a difficult time summarizing this film, as the plot is not easy to follow. From what I understand, a division of the French police headed by Gregory (Jean Dujardin; The Artist) is out to bring down a corrupt American businessman (Tim Roth; Lie to Me) with the help of a French financial analyst (Cecile De France).
The film is partly confusing because De France’s character, Alice, doesn’t seem to know she’s working for Gregory when they start sleeping together. However, the really confusing thing is that I don’t understand anything about the financial world, so usually films about white collar crime are pretty uninteresting to me. Having some wannabe crime boss conning rich people out of their ill-earned money is dull enough, but a movie like this about trying to bring down said wannabe crime boss is exponentially more boring to me.
The film does try a number of tricks to keep the audience hooked. It has a snappy, thriller-esque score, and there are women taking their clothes off. It has to be said though that this sexual aspect of the film feels very forced. For example, when Gregory and Alice are in a bar near the beginning of the film, two performers get naked and simulate sex in a stylized interpretive dance. Slightly strange. Then, when Gregory and Alice have sex, it appears to be the most poignant experience of both of their lives with Alice holding back her moans, and Gregory’s eyes welling up while he watches her. It felt like a sex scene they shot for a different movie and threw in here in editing when they realized they wanted the characters to get involved.
The definite saving grace of the film is Tim Roth, who offers up a cool, confident, flirtatious performance. There’s something about watching really intelligent characters on screen. At any given moment, Ivan seems to see the entire picture, have everything worked out, and every angel considered. It reminded me a bit of Christoph Waltz’s performance in Inglorious Basterds. Just perhaps more subdued.
I think that if you like movies about corporate politics and elite crimes, you’ll probably enjoy Mobius. The affairs of rich people and what happens to their wealth simply doesn’t interest me.
Special features include making of featurettes, interviews with the cast and crew, and a trailer gallery. Available on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate on April 15.