Review by Jack Foley
BEYONCE Knowles and Heroes beauty Ali Larter are the main attractions of seeing the supposedly erotic thriller Beloved – but its appeal proves pretty fatal to your intelligence and attention span.
Countless movies have traded upon the Play Misty For Me/Fatal Attraction formula, but few have managed it in quite such chaste fashion as this.
The plot boasts plenty of potential and threatens some dark twists, focusing on Derek Charles (The Wire‘s Idris Elba), a businessman with the perfect job, a beautiful wife (Knowles) and a picturesque new home, whose idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of beautiful but unhinged temp Lisa (Larter), who takes an immediate shine to him even though he does little to encourage her.
There are nods to office politics and sexual power-plays, a date rape sequence that threatens to become a key factor in the storyline, and hinted at questions surrounding the fidelity of its leading man.
But none of these possibilities are fully explored with the date rape sequence, in particular, forgotten about completely just when the issue threatened to become interesting.
Instead, Steve Shill’s thriller is more interested in slow-building the tension between the key characters and telegraphing every plot twist in advance. The results are largely boring, with just the odd unintentional laugh to lighten proceedings.
A bitch-slap between Beyonce and Larter late on does offer some cheer and a respite from the tedium, while Larter is clearly having fun in the nutter role.
But neither is enough to save a film that’s ultimately more interested in keeping itself within the confines of a 12A certificate than raking any real risks with the material. For a movie called Obsessed, it’s surprisingly easy to resist.
Running time: 108mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 26, 2009