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Beyond Suspicionis a little too thoughtful to be accurately called a thriller, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Jeff Goldblum plays insurance salesman John Nolan, who is passively content in his yuppie lifestyle until one night when he's caught in the middle of a robbery. Augie, a store clerk, is killed, and Nolan becomes so obsessed in finding a little meaning in Augie's death that he begins to gradually take over what would have been his life. But of course, all lives are complicated, and Augie's life as an ex-con was doubly so. Goldblum gives one of his trademark quirky performances, and it works well here, as he captures Nolan's discomfort in his own skin. Though not the edge-of-your-seat suspense movie its title might suggest it is,Beyond Suspicionis an interesting, patient, and thoughtful film that takes care to flesh out even minor characters.--Ali Davis
Follow your bliss! We tend to associate very often the professional success with the true happiness. And sometimes the destiny has a hidden Ace that can make change the whole perspective of your entire life, your familiar state, your social status., just because a simple accident a cite with the fate waits for you on the most unimaginable place and possibly in the most absurd of the thinkable situation. Something inside turns on and you all your apparent and comfortable may fall down without any reasonable motive. In this sense this picture is a smart fable, about the fragility of the life, deeply touching that will make you reflect around a lot of things. Even if you would never assume this attitude, think it for just a moment. What about the amount of twisted of fate lived after the War, just after a natural catastrophe, an unexpected or an organ donation (21 grams) or a little crash just leaving your workplace with an unknown woman who eventually become your couple? In this sense the slow reconstruction of broken life of an ex con will be the main motive for a successful insurance agent, surpasses the limits of the blame for a tragic event, and trying to cover the holes he gets involved in a love affair? If you analyze carefully you will remind Candid the famous Voltaire's character and a touch of Cyrano but adapted brilliantly to these times. Jeff Goldblum fitted admirably in this role and to my mind he got the best performance in all his career. Anne Heche shows she has angel (or duende a Spanish term) in this film that rides between the tragedy and the romantic comedy, Charming movie that will invite us to think it over!
a film to boggle the mind while it can it really makes you wonder if you want to be someone else when you see what they did in life. a moving movie. touching too. a litle comedic at times but very great otherwise. brilliant cast of characters. Jeff Nolan ( Jeff Goldblum) is shocking and moving as his character. the ending is very peculiar but you should all understand it. glad I got this on dvd. i would recommend Jurassic Park if you like Goldblum. very touching movieBeyond Obsession 2½-to-3 stars would be more accurate, depending on personal likes and dislikes.
John Nolan (Jeff Goldblum) has the apparent misfortune of being in Tony's Deli (to buy a bottle of wine) when a hold-up occurs. Physically he is unscathed, but a recently hired store assistant, Augie Rose, is killed by the assailant, practically dying in Nolan's arms with the words "John, it'll be OK". Mentally injured and haunted by these events, and disturbed by the callousness and inability of the police department to make proper arrangements for a funeral and the personal effects of Rose, Nolan pursues the matter himself. He learns that Rose spent 20 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated by a history of previous petty crimes, has no next of kin, and was released from prison three weeks ago. By signing as a brother, he gets the personal effects no one else wants. Thus he finds the apartment. And so the involvement cascades. With each discovery, Nolan entangles himself ever deeper in the web of Rose's prior life.
This film is not a crime story about bringing a murderous assailant to justice; that's not even part of the script. The Tony's Deli incident merely sets in motion what becomes a psychological obsession ("Suspicion" is a misnomer!) in a willing individual and the consequences thereof. Nolan has the option on several occasions of withdrawing from this obsession, but he deliberately chooses to go completely overboard in the opposite direction.
Aside from the necessity of having a plot for this film, why would the Nolan character have this obsession and be so willing to abandon his cushy life style? There are some good answers presented here: a personal feeling of guilt that he was in some fateful way responsible (After all, if he had accepted the bottle of wine as is and left immediately, the incident likely would have been nothing more than a routine street-punk robbery.); a deep sense of injustice relative to the mindless consequences of this random killing and his desire to mitigate it if he can; a cooling of ardor toward his housemate Carol, whom he has been dating for 6 years but never married; the dull grind of the life insurance business; a life where importance is measured by whether or not a wine bottle's label is scratched (and how fate hangs in the balance on that trivial detail!); an existentialist mindset where there is no longer meaning or purpose in his middle-aged life, with little more to achieve beyond marriage, a house in the suburbs, a flashy Volvo, and monetary independence. Perhaps he sees in the deceased a way to escape his own human predicament: engagement.
Goldblum's acting ability is particularly well suited to this type of role, which is strongly reminiscent of that in "Into the Night". In both films, his character becomes disenfranchised from the daily grind and departs to greener pastures, getting in way over his head in the process. Those who enjoyed one film will likely enjoy the other.
The 1.85-1.00 picture is crisp with good color and detail. The Dolby 5.1 Stereo Surround track is fine. The DVD keep-case is good. There are minor extras of little consequence.