In movies like 'Passion,' business is a bloodsport
By Sean Axmaker
Some people would kill for a promotion.
In Brian De Palma's "Passion," ambitious corporate executive Rachel McAdams and workaholic
assistant Noomi Rapace turn a close (almost intimate) working relationship into
a vindictive battle after McAdams takes credit for her assistant's idea to grab
a promotion. Ostensibly a remake of Alain Corneau's "Love Crime," De Palma
transforms the workplace warfare of the French original into a De Palma film of
seduction, power, and violence as a cinematic ballet, escalating the
psychological battle into something much deadlier.
The workplace can be a real battleground. Here are some films that take that
the idea to heart, from the merely ambitious who use words and sex as weapons to
the coldly ruthless who take a more direct approach, advancing their careers by
eliminating the competition. If you think the rivalry at your workplace is
murder, here are some professionals who won't let anyone stand in their way of