With his unnerving gaze and hulking frame, Michael Shannon always gives off a sense of danger.
Cast him as a romantic lead and it’s a good bet there will be something combustible about the character he is playing and that’s certainly the case in this dark love story.
Shannon’s volatile Las Vegas chef, Frank, falls hard for Imogen Poots’ aspiring fashion designer Lola. At first, theirs is a deliriously swoony affair, but it isn’t long before the green-eyed monster rears its ugly head.
When Frank learns of Lola’s troubled past, and her damaging involvement with a rich European swinger (Michael Nyqvist), his sexual jealousy erupts.
A throwback to the febrile world of 1940s and 50s film noir, writer-director Matthew Ross’ film is undeniably overwrought, but Shannon and Poots’ rapport carries a prickly charge, while Nyqvist oozes sleaze.