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Fatale

Fatale chronicles a one-night stand gone awry, emphasizing how far a woman scorned will go to exact revenge. Following a passionate and adulterous affair between Derrick (Michael Ealy), a successful sports agent, and Valerie (Hilary Swank), a police detective, Derrick’s life begins to unravel. With Valerie becoming increasingly aggressive, the movie calls to mind Fatal Attraction and is not nearly as unpredictable as it wants to be. Unfortunately, it has an exceptionally “bitches be crazy” vibe instead, where the men are married, and the women are manipulative. Fortunately, the titular femme fatale offers viewers an engaging performance thanks to Swank’s acting chops and ass-kicking abilities. That’s not enough to save an otherwise average take on the classic cat and mouse movie. Add that Fatale ultimately fizzles into a morality tale with “don’t cheat'' tacked on as the final line, and it becomes clear this is more of an affair to forget.

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