Greta review : a thrilling ride with a few glaring plot-holes

Okay so a quick poll, if you found a fancy looking handbag on the train, would you actually go all the way back to the person’s house to hand-deliver said bag? My guess is 99% of you would find another way to return the bag – lost & found, mail, Police station etc. But obviously some people go to the lengths that Frances McCullen (Chloë Grace Moretz) goes to, to return a very nice looking bag to a sweet older lady in New York.

It’s plot holes like these that make you question the premise of “Greta”, but without these holes the who film wouldn’t really have a point. It seems a rare oversight from director Neil Jordan, who seems to have turned a blind eye to human logic in order to create a thrilling film with a tense climax.

Having recently lost her mother, Frances forms a quick bond with the owner of the lost handbag she finds on the subway – Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert) – against the warning from her housemate Erica (Maika Monroe). While the two enjoy a friendship for a short while, Greta becomes a bit too clingy for Frances’ taste, and starts showing up at her work unannounced just to stare creepily – despite warnings from Frances to leave her alone.

“Greta” certainly delivers as a solid popcorn thriller, with all of us getting a foul dose of reality that stalkers don’t necessarily always come in the form of scorned failed Tinder dates. Beware of those over 60 too, kids.

While the plot holes can irritate, where “Greta” shines is in its cast, with Huppert portraying the lead character in a terrifying and believable manner. Try to not ask questions like “hasn’t anyone ever heard of ‘find my iPhone’” and “surely a 20-something can kick the crap out of a 60-year-old” and focus on the horrors of being stalked, and the feeling that someone has been in your house.

Clear your mind and just enjoy the ride.

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