Adoration ★★½

Adoration is a grim, self-serious reminder of perspective’s tendency to blind us to one another, placing it largely in step with much of Egoyan’s output (it’s most similar to Family Viewing). The puzzle structure is the guiding principle here instead of dramatization or character motivation. This becomes a problem when the solution underwhelms, offering revelations that stun the confused characters but for the audience, blessed with an omnipotent viewpoint, arrive as foregone conclusions. The result is a ponderous meditation on the aftermath of death that is too contrived and academic achieve any desired profundities. If exposing the relative nature of truth has to be this exhausting, it’s no wonder that people live lies.