Netflix released a new thriller that I just couldn’t seem to keep away from. It recommended to me every time I finished watching something, there were trailers all over the place with people in the comments saying that absolutely everything you needed to know was put in the trailer, so obviously I was dying to see this film.
What a cracker it was too.
No it wasn’t a masterpiece, no it wasn’t the worst thing ever but any kind of silly thriller trope you could ask for was present.
Out of a tiny cast only Dennis Haysbert as Detective Frank Page was any good, his character was interesting but thrown into a stupid story that just made no sense.
It is the story of Jennifer, a woman who had been brought in to the hospital after a attack and surprise, surprise had amnesia. Her loving husband turns up and absolutely no one questions how he knew that she was there or asks for any form of actual ID for either himself or her, something they did do to someone who later turned up with flowers for her.
After getting home Jennifer, who can’t remember anything, suddenly is able to easily figure out her actual fate due to a tiny flaw in a photoshop job as well as suddenly becoming a expert in such things as picking locks and figuring out ridiculously easy passwords to computers when she doesn’t use her common sense and shuffle down stairs with her broken foot on her bum.
Elegant no but for Miss Expert Sleuth surely her brains could have come up with that as a solution the two times we see her struggle down them.
Yes it is a story of a woman who on one hand doesn’t know who she is but because the story has to be short and sweet with plenty of nasty things for the bad guy to do, plenty of detective work for good old Frank and plenty of action scenes for the girl who has to survive it just ends up being silly in all the ways you would wish it wasn’t.
There was no drama or tension as we the audience never got a chance to know something she doesn’t. She instantly kind of knows what is happening and we’re meant to be on edge with her. It doesn’t work though because the story is such a simple one that something else had to happen to bring you into the story.
That something never really happens.
Neither Brenda Song or Mike Vogel as Jennifer and Russell, victim and evil stalker turned kidnapper, have any chemistry and whilst both are OK that is all.
In fact if I had to explain this film at all it would be that it is OK.
With the amount of horror and thriller films I have watched I can say that it at least tries to tell a story without being overly ridiculous it just so happens that it ends up being a bit too paint by numbers with what goes on and ends up being, as I keep saying, silly instead.
What it does do is make you wince as the only non-silly thing that really happens… Well… Happens. With Jennifer’s main injury being her foot it becomes the center of Russell’s attention and watching her wrench it out of a binding and him use it to his advantage to stop her in her tracks. It was hard to watch and not want to hug your own foot but that is the best it got.
So with a simple and silly story, just OK acting and some torturous scenes involving a foot I honestly can say it really isn’t worth your time unless you like seeing really silly thriller films.