Romantic drama Last Night follows the lives of professionally successful couple Michael (Worthington) and Joanna Reed (Knightley). At a party, Joanna notices that Michael is paying particular attention to his attractive colleague Laura (Mendes), and she accuses him of being a bit too friendly with her. Having argued and reconciled that same night, matters are still left unresolved as Michael leaves for a business trip with Laura. While Michael is away, Joanna bumps into old love Alex (Canet), which reignites flames that never completely died out. Both are forced to face decisions, as lust, love and faithfulness collide.

There’s something about a story driven by secrecy and desire that never fails to entertain; we always want to know what’s happening behind the curtains. The plot of Last Night is brilliantly simple and realistic, but never loses its spark. It’s not often that two non-American actors would be cast in a Hollywood film like this, but both Worthington and Knightley deliver performances that live up to the hype that their work in recent years has garnered; their chemistry as a married couple on the verge of breakdown is right on point. Mendes too delivers a precise and measured performance as the subtle seductress.

The strength of the film comes from its foundations; the script. It’s a well written and delicately interwoven story, with deep and well-formed characters. The film moves at a slow pace, and its script would read more like a play, not a Hollywood film.

The whole feel of the film is one of intelligent subtlety, and the ambiance is demure and refined in its storytelling. It’s this backdrop that allows the actors to shine. Even the cinematography and the music used are faintly effective, add to the tense atmosphere of the tale. This is writer/director Massy Tadjedin's directorial debut, and with Last Night she has filtered down film-making into the the art of good storytelling and realistic character arcs.

It isn’t often that you can have the combination of a great script with big name actors. Even then, the two elements do not promise a good end result. Fortunately, Last Night doesn’t disappoint on any level, and is well worth a watch for a mature and sophisticated audience; one who is prepared to take the time to really watch and appreciate a well told tale.