"This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1954 novel The Blunderer is a variation on her habitual themes of murder, shifts of guilt and identity between male doppelgangers, seething repression, and dogged detection. All the way back to Strangers on a Train and the early Ripley adaptations, filmmakers have found her world enormously fascinating, even though Alfred Hitchcock and Rene Clement change her ruthless endings and Wim Wenders slaps a cowboy hat on her preppie series sociopath. Lately – with The Talented Mr Ripley and Carol – the cinema Highsmith has been also marked by a fondly nostalgic evocation of the 1950s and ‘60s along with a stress on gay subtext (or, in Carol, text). Director Andy Goddard, veteran of a lot of UK TV (Torchwood, Wire in the Blood, etc), and screenwriter Susan Boyd do stress the period but let the homoeroticism fade …even if Patrick Wilson’s extra-thick roll-neck pullover and Jessica Biel’s ultra-starched skirts verge on camp and there’s a veil of suspicion over bookseller Eddie Marsan’s relationship with the teenage assistant he supplies with magazines in brown paper wrappers."
My opinion is favorable. It's subtle, or else I'm ready to fall asleep. I was asking myself "What's going on here?" Why is Wilson's character behaving the way he is? The story is set in 1960.
I feel that neo-noir is on a roll. It seems to take in all sorts of films, and rightly so. And they are plentiful.