Movie Review: Obsessed
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 4 months ago
PL's Archive: Written May 3, 09
don’t really understand why the studio didn’t allow critics to screen this film. The act itself displayed insecurity and not much faith in their product. From what I saw, it was a lot better than I expected and I’m sure the rumble’s been felt due to having landed the number one film last weekend (April 24, 2009). I guess critics have absolutely no power whatsoever… amazing! But… whatever… sure this picture isn’t academy award wining caliber, but I must confess that the story, although rehashed from way back with the 80’s sex thriller “Fatal Attraction”, “Obsessed” has a touch of contemporary lust, style and attitude. Same premise regarding obsessive/stalker psychopathic woman with an uncontrollable (dare I say abnormal) appeal towards a well established married man and sticking to her guns in order to obtain him, this piece leans more towards the stressing aspect of a man who wants NOTHING to do with her, yet through manipulation and mental dysfunctions, an avalanche of unexpected twists and turns start to present themselves as truth is mixed with tarnished lies and no end pertaining to his misery seems to be possible.
The story was easy to follow… character build-up was paced out very well and from the slightest extra all through the main protagonist… it seemed professionally approached and respect for the project was as clear as a bottle of Poland Spring water. I’m not going to lie and say I’m a fan of Beyoncé Knowles, because I’m not, but the woman’s been blessed with lots of talent and I’m starting to see why she’s being cast a lot more these days… (Now… if they can only work on her dialect) Ali Larter… well – need I say more, the woman’s easy on the eyes in every way imaginable and also talented as is Idris Elba with a dark mysterious appearance and a ‘take charge’ approach-like aura.
The film follows Derek Charles (Idris) as a hard working man, employed as an asset manager in a private company. He is very happy with his beautiful wife, Sharon (Beyoncé), and only baby, and because of his hard work he just got a huge promotion. But suddenly he gets a temporary worker, Lisa (Ali), who is both, attractive and smart, and Derek is understandably impressed with her and also finds himself somewhat physically drawn to her. With respect to both his Sharon and Lisa does his best to keep a distance and keep the atmosphere as professional as possible. However, this new girl is desperate to get close to him - at any cost.
It’s a cat scratch fever of a film and for sure recommend it if ones looking for a movie ‘moment’… especially women who in turn seemed to be the majority of the audience, but it caters to the guys too… TRUST ME!