A Different Loyalty Release Date: 14 October 2004 (Portugal) Genre: Drama | Romance | Thriller Director(s): Marek Kanievska (Where The Money Is) Writer(s): Jim Piddock (One Good Turn) Starring: Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham That wasn’t exactly what I expected. A Different Loyalty, a fifteen million dollar movie starring Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett, […]

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A Different Loyalty
Release Date: 14 October 2004 (Portugal)
Genre: Drama | Romance | Thriller
Director(s): Marek Kanievska (Where The Money Is)
Writer(s): Jim Piddock (One Good Turn)
Starring: Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett, Julian Wadham

That wasn’t exactly what I expected.

A Different Loyalty, a fifteen million dollar movie starring Sharon Stone and Rupert Everett, skipped the theaters in just about every part of the world. Especially in the wake of Catwoman’s unsuccessful run despite her prominent appearances in the previews, it’s no big surprise that A Different Loyalty went direct-to-video in the states as well. Sharon Stone hasn’t been a draw in years. Hell, it’s arguable that aside from Basic Instict, she never was. And with her reputation opening films not exactly golden, A Different Loyalty was clearly not the movie to reenergize her career.

Picking up A Different Loyalty, Lions Gate didn’t even feel confident enough in Stone to just include her and Everett on the cover. They added helicopters and an explosion to the box art’s background, and even with that, the movie only grossed $.33 million in its first two weeks on the rental charts. Compare that to Bad Trip, which nearly made that in its first week despite a complete lack of bankable stars.

And the movie, well, lets just say that there aren’t any explosions to be seen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for some movies, but God damn could A Different Loyalty really use an explosion or two.

Partially based on a true story that is way too long to detail, A Different Loyalty tells the mid-20th century tale of a woman who leaves her journalist husband to pursue other avenues with a sexy freelancer by the name of Leo Cauffield (Everett). Raising children together, everything seems peachy until Leo just plain never returns home one night. Already distraught, it doesn’t help matters when Sally Tyler (Stone) is told that he is a notorious KGB spy. Finding it hard to believe, Sally tries to track down her husband, but on her trail are a variety of secret service men who want to bring Leo to justice. Realizing that this isn’t the life she wants to live, Sally must track Leo down and give him an ultimatum; her breasts or the communists.

And yes, that’s actually what happens. Sure, it’s put a bit more eloquently, but that’s the literal meaning of all that goes down.

It’s pretty mundane at points, and never really hits a level of intrigue, but its beautifully filmed and well acted, which counts for something.

DVD: Barebones, as there aren’t even subtitles.

Also known as The Third Identity.

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