Movie Review - Disorder (Maryland)
Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead and The Danish Girl) stars as Vincent Loreau, a man who served in the French army. He would prefer to keep serving, but apparently aside from PTSD, he also has an ear injury. He gets his hearing and head checked but he can't go back to wherever he was serving presumably in the Middle East until his test results return. In the meantime, he's given a job as a security guard for a wealthy, Lebanese businessman. He's like Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. He doesn't quite fit in due to him not liking the people around him but mainly due to his growing suspicion and paranoia.
Directed and co-written by Alice Winocour, that suspicion and paranoia are well-handled for about half of this film. Given that the movie is told exclusively through Vincent's point of view. We only see what Vincent sees. We get no one else's perspective. As such, the film could have been a perfect exploration of how a soldier is affected by PTSD and how that could amplify and worsen the suspicion and paranoia. Winocour also makes a bit of a mystery about the threat from the Lebanese businessman's dangerous associates. So many scenes are about Vincent constantly looking, spying and being nervous, which works for a good chunk.
Diane Kruger (National Treasure and Inglorious Basterds) co-stars as Jessie, the wife of the Lebanese businessman who becomes the damsel-in-distress with a child who's similarly so. The movie doesn't give her much to do or say. It makes her a bit stupid when she decides to stay in a house after being attacked and knowing her house is vulnerable. A moment at the end with her that's supposed to be quasi-romantic doesn't resonate either.
Not Rated but contains language and brutal violence.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 38 mins.