Obsessed (2009)

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Sony || PG13 - 108 minutes - $28.96 || August 4, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-07-30


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Shill
Writer(s): David Loughery (written by)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: April 24, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Derek Charles (Elba) is a hard working man, employed as a asset manager in a private company. He is very happy with his beautiful wife, Sharon (Beyonce), and only son, and because of his hard work he just got a huge promotion. But suddenly he gets a temporary worker, Lisa (Larter) who is both attractive and smart, and Derek is understandably impressed with her and also finds himself physically drawn to her. However, this new girl is desperate to get close to him - at any cost.

A few things I did like were that Ali Larter is smoking hot in nearly every scene she is in. From those pencil skirts she wears to that red dress at the hotel...oh man. While she certainly knows how to play someone with a split-personality ("Heroes") I'm not sure I fully believe that her character is infatuated with Derek. She can talk the talk...but she can't walk the walk. How this crazy lady didn't get the point all those times is beyond me.

The film is plagued with numerous problems. First, within the first 2 minutes of the film I knew exactly where Lisa and Sharon would fight (and where one would meet their eventual end). Second, Beyonce cannot act and Third the plot has been done so many times this film seemed poised for a direct to DVD release had it not been over-hyped with Beyonce in her first, non-singing role.

The main problem with Obsessed stems from the fact that Beyonce is a singer and not an actress. While there have been cases where the latter becomes the former, itís so rare that putting Beyonce on the front cover while her part really is kept to a minimum (she really does nothing but sit at home) just screams of trying to turn her into something she clearly is not. Larter certainly has the acting chops (Final Destination's, "Heroes") and even here she tries to be a little bit sexier...but it just does not work. There is absolutely no chemistry between her and Elba. Looking at IMDB it shows that they initially were trying for an interracial film but scrapped it... maybe that was a bad idea.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Three featurettes are included with this release - Playing Nicely Together (14 Minutes), Girl Fight (11 Minutes) and Dressed to Kill (9 Minutes).

- - Oh gees, talk about back-patting to the extreme. Everyone just adored Beyonce in the first two featurettes (what a great actress, she's great under pressure etc). With that out of the way, we get a fluffy Making of, a look at how the final scene was choreographed (the most entertaining) and a look at the fashion for the film. Lackluster extra's for a lackluster film.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Obsessed is presented in 2.40:1. It's really hard to grade this one because one scene will look almost VHS-like while the next looks like it could have come straight from a Blu-ray. It was so back and forth I wasn't sure what the director was trying to do with the film. Because of that... this gets an average score.

Sony has included an English 5.1 Dolby Digital track for this release. While Dialog was clean and clear, rears were rarely used. I kept checking to make sure they were properly plugged in and hooked up but very few times did any type of noise come from them. Subtitles in English SDH, French and Spanish.



.::OVERALL::.

With poor picture/audio quality and barely any extras this one is clearly a rental...nothing more. Had they ditched Beyonce and put someone else in that role (with something to actually do in the film besides sitting at home all day) I might have rated this one a bit higher.