Mister Foe Movie Review
Once in town, Hallam lines up a dishwashing job at a big hotel and instantly falls in love with Kate (Sophia Myles), the woman who hired him. Using the spying skills he developed in his treehouse, Hallam is able to peep as Kate has hot assignations with her married boss, and his knowledge of the affair will get him into much hot water, even as he busies himself with trying to solve the mystery of his mother's death once and for all. Did someone put sleeping pills in her coffee and toss her in the loch? He must find out.
Once Hallam does make it into Kate's life and bed, he gets promoted and actually starts to thrive at the hotel, at least until Verity shows up, tries to reason with him, and gets nowhere. The confused and somewhat paranoid Hallam winds himself even tighter, and his decision to try to get Verity out of his life once and for all pushes him close to the brink.
It's hard not to like Jamie Bell, a young actor who clearly chooses his parts with no consideration for their star-making potential (with the possible exception of King Kong). Marketing is not on his mind, and eight years on he's still best known for Billy Elliot. Here he dives deep into Hallam and creates a memorable character, even if it's ultimately impossible to rise above the overly melodramatic script. The world doesn't really need another wicked stepmother, after all.
Still there's plenty of atmosphere, some sex, and a few laughs along the way, so Mister Foe scores a firm three stars, mostly for Bell's good work and his noble career choices.
Aka Hallam Foe.
Mister Foe, meet Mrs. Fum.