Obsessed (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Thriller
Sony || PG13 - 108 minutes - $39.95 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Shill
Writer(s): David Loughery (written by)
Cast: Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter


Theatrical Release Date: April 24, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • BD-Live
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Obsessed can be summed up in two words: Fatal Attraction-lite. Very, very lite.

This 21st century version of the 1987 classic Michael Douglas/Glenn Close thriller with a similar plot: Professional man gets involved (in this case, innocently) with a sexy woman and now said woman goes psycho and tries to ruin his life. Short and simple just like this predictable so-called thriller with so little thrills.

Unlike some out there, I don’t have a problem with Beyoncé Knowles’ being in this movie because quite frankly, they could’ve had the best young actress in there and it wouldn’t have made a bit of difference when the screenplay is A-B-C basics in screenwriting. It also doesn’t help that Ali Larter as the femme fatale threat isn’t that believable while the Idis Elba/Beyoncé marriage doesn’t look that strong anyway. Maybe that’s a casting issue or maybe it’s the writing, either way it does not make an interesting story.

I will say that Larter is quite sexy in that role looking great in the stereotypical red dress but a psycho she is not. Sure, in the movie she swindles her way into the object of her attraction’s home, kidnaps his kid and all that, but it just seemed over-the-top rather than threatening.

Outside of maybe Idris Elba’s performance in the lead role – when taking David Loughery’s ho-hum screenplay into consideration –, there’s really not much to admire about Obsessed outside of a good-looking cast which at least was something that could keep my attention until the predictable end.

Obsessed was directed by Steve Shill in his feature film debut (previously helmed series episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and many others) and I will say that stylistically, it’s not a bad looking movie... But as I said it all goes back to the screenplay. Written by David Loughery, there’s very little about this movie that will keep you guessing. You know where it is going from one scene to the next and you’re just waiting for that climatic face off between Beyoncé and Ali Larter and even that was a letdown despite Larter’s sexy get-up.

Loughery previously wrote Star Trek V, Passenger 57 and, most recently, Lakeview Terrace. Overall, while Obsessed isn’t the terrible movie I had expected, it’s just very average, a movie that one would see come direct-to-video or debut on TBS or something. My suggestion would be to wait for this to debut on HBO or Showtime and save your money. Even if you’re a fan of Beyoncé or Ali Larter, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

On a side note, I’m unsure exactly what purpose Jerry O’Connell served. He wasn’t exactly the comedic buddy to Idris Elba (in fact he rats his buddy out to the wife) but he’s barely in the film and the only lines he really has is to make sure to tell Elba that Ali Larter is not good news...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Only a few featurettes (~35-minutes worth) were included:
Playing Together Nicely (15:37; HD) is a basic ‘making-of’ that covers the beginnings of the screenplay to casting and all that. In between clips from the film, you get the cast and crew chatting it up about why they liked the script.

Girl Fight! (11:13; HD) focuses on the key climatic scene at the end as Beyoncé goes womano-a-womano against Ali Larter from rehearsals to setting up the shots.

Obsessed: Dressed to Kill (9:30; HD) goes over the production design, costume design and the overall look of the film.

There is also a BD-Live portal (** Blu-ray Exclusive **) for those interested.

And on disc 2 there is, a ** Blu-ray Exclusive **, a Digital Copy.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Presented in its original 2.40 aspect ratio, Obsessed comes to Blu-ray in 1080p high-definition and all in all, it doesn’t look too bad. Although the details could’ve been sharper, I was most impressed by the black levels – where some movies lighten up certain shots to give more detail in a scene – this does it perfectly, so much that I could not distinguish between the movie and black bars on the top and bottom. Colors also look good though it’s all a bit toned down to make this a slightly darker movie. One small note, I did notice some noise during certain scenes (not the darker ones, thankfully) so it’s not a perfect transfer but certainly good enough.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is pretty darn good considering it’s a dialogue fueled movie anyway with plenty of Beyoncé-sung roles to open the movie and, I think, a couple that crop up throughout and one more for the end credits.



.::OVERALL::.

Surprisingly, Obsessed wasn’t as bad as I had expected, of course when one is expecting the worst, it’s not that hard to do. I didn’t have much of an issue with Beyoncé as others and lay the film’s lack of originality at the feet of the screenwriter than the cast or even the director. At best the movie should’ve been destined for direct-to-video status and may only be worth checking out when it comes on HBO or Showtime despite good quality video and audio.