Sophie Giraud
Owen Gleiberman
May 08, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Adoration

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
05/08/09
performer
Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth Welsh
director
Atom Egoyan
author
Atom Egoyan
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Atom Egoyan’s latest glum puzzle is a meditation on post-9/11 hysteria, but it’s too much What’s the meaning of terrorism? cud chewing too late. In Toronto, a teenager (Devon Bostick) stands before a high school class and pretends that his ?father was a terrorist who tried (and failed) to use his wife to blow up an airplane. There ?is much else in Adoration (a fatal car crash, angry ranting on video chat rooms), but the upshot is that those who appear to be guilty may not be — a muddled ?message for our time. C

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