The romantic character study "The One I Love" starts so promisingly, then takes a disastrous left turn toward a cheesy science-fiction climax.
The story centers on Ethan ("The League’s" Mark Duplass) and Sophie ("Mad Men’s" Elisabeth Ross), a married couple on the rocks. Their counselor (Ted Danson) suggests a weekend retreat location that is known to work miracles — and, in a "Twilight Zone"-worthy twist (which will not be divulged here), begins to reinvigorate the couple’s relationship.
‘The One I Love’
Opens Friday, Sept. 5, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for language, some sexuality and drug use; 91 minutes.
First-time director Charlie McDowell, the son of actors Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen (and, therefore, Danson’s stepson), builds up the tension well and gives Duplass and especially Ross room to shine.
But just when Ethan and Sophie are getting to some deep revelations about their marital identity, Justin Lader’s script goes in the worst direction possible by exploring the retreat’s supernatural twist rather than keeping the focus on the romantic conundrum.
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