Manhattan Night movie full length review - Above Average Neo-Noir...Modern Weirdness with a Fixation Recording Self
Neo-Noir Fans will probably Like but not Love this Entry with Adrien Brody and Yvonne Strahovski. The Film's Noir Ambiance Captivates and sets the Disturbing, Moody, Gloomy Backdrop.
All those Neons, Rain, Reflections, and Claustrophobic Corridors are some of the things that Paint a Film-Noir Picture of an Underlying Dread.
Welcome as they are and just as Expected in Cinema as Art, the Story on Top of the Trash must make for a Twisted Tale of Murder, Blackmail, Perversion, and other such Dark Places of the Human Condition. This one Delivers on that Notion.
Speaking of Dark, there has been a Lot of Ink and other Critical Venting on the Title Change.
The Original was "Manhattan Nocturne" and was Rethought as "Manhattan Night". This seems to be a bunch of Nit-Picking Apart to find some kind of Entry Point for Commentary. "Nocturne" is a Really-Cool Word and does Connotate "Noir" (black), "Night" is not as Poetic as "Nocturne" but it still works as "Darkness". It's just not as Flowery a Word. No Harm, No Foul. Now that is out of the way, Moving On.
The Complexity of the Plot Intrudes somewhat, but not to the Point of Frustration. It keeps You on Your Toes. There is Murder, Blackmail, and other Disturbing and Disorienting Things unfolding in this Modern Rendition of the Genre that includes...Print is Dead and Cameras Everywhere.
Its Topical with Self-Involved Moderns using Technology to Capture Every Moment of Every Day in Egomaniacal Ecstasy
Overall, this is more "Neo" than most in the Genre with Campbell Scott as a Film-Director Mysteriously found Dead and all of His "Found Footage" reveals a Quirky, Sexually Obsessed Weirdo.
Actually the Movie isn't as Weird as it Thinks, but does Skirt the Edge of Human Behavior that is Unpleasant but Real Nonetheless and although Watching other People "On Camera" (now a National Pastime), whether Intentionally (YouTube) or not is a Reality that is Here, In-Your-Face and what it Exposes is something that the Noir-World of Yesteryear Never Saw Coming.