IN IRRATIONAL Man, Woody Allen offers a spry tale of trial, retribution.
But for all its verbal acrobatics and occasional flourishes, this modern day mystery lacks a killer instinct.
Lead characters are sketched lightly and we struggle to tether a strong emotional bond to any of the players. A philosophy professor (Phoenix) decides to murder a judge who is accused of wrenching apart families. Plotting is linear and Allen makes clear his feelings on personal vengeance in the film’s disappointing final reckoning.