Walk All Over Me (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Drama
Weinstein Company || R - 98 minutes - $19.97 || May 13, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-09


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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: Robert Cuffley
Writer(s): Robert Cuffley and Jason Long (screenplay)
Cast: Leelee Sobieski, Tricia Helfer, Lothaire Bluteau, Michael Eklund, Jacob Tierney, Michael Adamthwaite


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director & Stars' Commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes of Walk All Over Me
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes
  • Music Video
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


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

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Alberta (Sobieski) is a small town girl who seems to finds trouble wherever she goes. The latest instance, she loses money her junkie boyfriend was to pay her boss, so she runs off and hitches a ride to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Canada she turns to an old friend, Celene (Helfer), who turns out to be a successful dominatrix. Finding Celeneís confidence attractive and needing extra cash, decides to pose as Celene with someone who himself is new to the game of S&M. Little does she know that her new client, Paul (Tierny), seems to be in a bit of trouble with his boss, Rene (Bluteau), who thinks Paul stole $500,000 and now wants it back. As you can imagine, all hell breaks loose as Alberta is thrown into the center of the situation, and not helping matters after running off with $20,000!

Walk All Over Me is a crime-drama-suspense-comedy -- with a tinge of eroticism for flavor -- that, overall, is a fun little movie. It was made for around $3 million and entirely in Canada. Ironically, so many films get made in Vancouver but take place in other places (around the U.S.) and now we have a film that takes place in Vancouver but was actually primarily filmed in Winnipeg. Donít know, seems like some kind of funny irony there...

In any case, this film has an interesting mix of genre between crime with the whereabouts in question and a bit of sex comedy with the whole background in S&M and with a main character being a dominatrix. On that front, the film is kind of disappointing. No, Iím not looking for an adult film but with ladies as sexy Leelee Sobieski and Tricia Helfer (of ďBattlestar GalacticaĒ fame); one does expect some T&A. Sexist remark? Perhaps. This is personal thing as Iíve, frankly, have had a crush on Ms. Sobieski for some time now. So, if youíre looking for some titillating entertainment, it falls short.

Taking this as a crime/drama/comedy, however, itís a pretty good flick. Itís not as clever as something like The Lookout or any of the other crime-heist films but with the quirkiness of the plot and the charm of the leads, Walk All Over Me is a film not for everyone, but one that should entertain.

On the whole, this is a movie with all too obvious with the development of the Alberta character. She starts out as a quiet and clumsy young woman and over the course of the film, she flowers into a more confident woman by the end. So itís not a difficult movie to figure out but like I said, with such a strange story and mixture of ingredients (crime, drama, comedy, S&M, etc, etc), it certainly is interesting and, as the back cover suggests, ďDangerously deviant rideĒ.

But as it stands, Walk All Over Me is a fun little movie with two sexy stars and a cool story worth sticking with until the very end. As a fan of Leelee Sobieski, that fact alone makes it a must-see. I think sheís a talented young actress who has chosen some weak projects (Wicker Man immediately comes to mind), but if she could find that right movie, who knows...

The movie co-stars Lothaire Bluteau (stint on TVís ď24Ē), Michael Eklund (Battlestar Galactica Mini-Series) and Michael Adamthwaite (Black Christmas). It was co-written and directed by Robert Cuffley, his first film in 6 years (2001ís Turning Paige).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

For such a low-key and unknown movie, The Weinstein Company fills the disc with some decent amount of features.

Director & Stars Commentary Ė Co-writer/director Robert Cuffley and lead actresses Leelee Sobieski and Tricia Helfer sit down together for a nice commentary, but Cuffley takes things a little too serious at times while Sobieski and Helfer just wanted to have a good time.

Behind-the-Scenes of Walk All Over Me (15:14) Ė More of a fluff piece gives a look behind the camera as they film in Canada, feature interviews with the cast and crew and wraps up with more sound bites with the director and stars on the red carpet.

The DVD also contains a deleted scene (1:07) (which was more an extended scene) outtakes (4:15), music video (3:23), stills gallery and the theatrical trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The film doesnít look fantastic but on a small screen, itís more than suitable for most. Since it is an independent movie, itís not very rich in texture nor has much of style either, so this isnít something youíll be blown away by.

The only audio track available is a solid Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Thereís plenty of dialogue to go with choice music that will make use of your HT system, nevertheless, like the picture, it wonít make much of an impression. English and Spanish subtitles are available on the disc.



.::OVERALL::.

No, Walk All Over Me isnít a great movie but with eye candy like Leelee Sobieski (yes, I know itís personal preference) and Tricia Helfer gracing the screen for 90+ minutes and a solid enough story, this a film worth checking out. Itís not going to tax the mind and has a couple awkward scenes, but give I can say itís easily rental material.