Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ali Larter be crazy

(DVD Review)


Starring Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell, Christine Lahti, Bruce McGill, Matthew Humphries and Scout Taylor-Compton.
Directed by Steve Shill.

The main problem with this Fatal Attraction rip-off is that Ali Larter does not play a real person. Even a crazy person has some modicum of reality to them. She plays every scene and delivers every line like she can hear the creepy music in the background for her. And I don't blame Larter. I don't think anyone could have made this role believable.

The twist to this stalker thriller is that it crosses racial lines. Idris Elba is the bossman, Larter is the temp, and Beyonce Knowles is the dutiful wife who spends the first hour of the movie staying at home wondering if there's a movie going on without her. Larter doesn't play her girl as damaged goods, as someone truly deranged. There's always a hint in her eye that she planned on destroying his life from the second she sees him.

And they don't even have sex. How's that fair?

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