What I've read is that the story feels forced because there's no reason for the Winslet/Waltz couple not to leave. I thought the problem to the whole movie is that there's no satisfactory reason for them to have gotten together in the first place. Waltz gives the best performance (he's great), but it may be because he's playing a character who seems to have no idea why he is where he is--a logical reaction to the situation. It's almost like the movie started in the middle or end of act one--which may be a holdover from the source material.
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