Greta is a suspenseful thriller that will possibly have you on the edge of your seat, and yet wishing for more. Director, Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) gives us a movie that has a wonderful twist at the end, but could have given us more beforehand. After a bit of a slow start, Chloë Grace Moretz (Frances) and Isabelle Huppert (Greta), give stellar performances that will have you rethinking whether to pick up someone else’s purse from the subway.
The movie begins with Frances moving in with her friend, Erica (Maik Monroe) after her mother dies of cancer. This obviously leaves a hole in Frances’ life which we see being filled later. While riding on a New York subway, she sees an unattended purse and decides to find its owner. Big mistake! Frances opens the purse, finds identification, and proceeds to go to the owner’s home alone (How many mistakes can a person make?). The very vulnerable Frances, led by her pristine morality goes to the owner’s home and meets Greta.
Greta appears to be a lonely elderly lady who happened to just forget her purse on the subway. Soon, the women form a friendship and begin to spend time together. Frances benefits from the mother-daughter relationship for obvious reasons, but Greta has a more sinister plan. The situation takes a turn when Frances accidentally discovers multiple purses stashed away in a cupboard. As a result, she attempts to distance herself from her elderly companion, but finds this to be difficult when someone is as mentally unstable as Greta is. From here, it becomes a cat and mouse game as Frances attempts to distance herself from her new acquaintance, but Greta has other plans for the the both of them.
I found Greta to be worth watching even with its slow start. The oscar nominated Isabelle Huppert (Elle) gave a convincing performance as a lonely women who is not who she appears to be. Chloë Grace Moretz does well as the naive victim. Together they play out a conflict that will have you wondering what each participant will do next. Even though the first half of the movie is a bit slow, the ending is worth the wait.