Viewed – 30 Jan 2010  Blu-ray

Beyonce Knowles, whilst being one of the more talented singers currently around, has only briefly flirted with acting, with appearances in Austin Powers: Goldmember and Dreamgirls.  Yet this entry in her CV has her in a psychological thriller, playing the happy, stay at home mom to her career husband (Idris Elba), who catches the eye of a rather unhinged blonde hottie in the office.  Ali Larter (from Heroes amongst other credits) is the predatory newby at the company who sets her sights on married man Derrick, determined to seduce him regardless of whether he wants it or not.

Now I know, this is a premise that has been done to death, most famously with Michael Douglas / Glen Close classic Fatal Attraction, and although this offers nothing new (and lacks much of the depth of that movie), makes for entertaining viewing despite its obvious predictability, mainly because of a feisty Ali Larter who plays the nut job stalker to perfection, and without wanting to spoil things, an otherwise under-used Beyonce gets to show not only her acting skill but also her physical ability in a wonderfully over the top bitch fight.  So as a vehicle for Beyonce it remains mildly successful, as anything particularly imaginative, it doesn’t even try – but this still does the formula well, no matter how many times you may have seen it in other movies.

Verdict:  3 /5

4 thoughts on “Obsessed

  1. You and I chose the same “theme”, so I know you have a good sense of visual-graphic taste. I dropped by to look over your posts after reading your invite in the Showcase forum. I’m not completely sure whether you would prefer me to be more kind or honest regarding your work here, so I’ll just guess.

    You write pretty well. Your choice of what to write about is heavily biased toward the interests of young men, but you may want it that way. It isn’t necessary to add a gory photo like the one for Suspiria. The best aspects of Suspiria (as you well know) aren’t the obvious gory ones, but the well-constructed sense of fear and dread Argento is able to produce from viewers. This film, Obsession, isn’t of any particular importance. Why write about it, unless you want to champion it, which you haven’t? Write about what counts to you, the best and the worst. Watch whatever. Writing is special.

    The most important thing if you want to be a critic at a professional level (even if it’s only a hobby) is to only post what is worth reading. You have a good sense for appropriate length, which is something many bloggers don’t have. You already know how to write enough and not too much.

    Best of luck to you!

    (I write about arts and philosophic topics.)


  2. I began this blog to write my opinions on ‘every’ movie I watch, regardless of it’s quality. I have no aspirations to be a professional critic and generally write as a hobby. I would say I write in my own voice and have no intention of biase, and do not aim this site at any particular audience other than movie lovers, of all tastes.

    As for the gory photo, I tried to find one that hadn’t been over-used on other sites, and this one stuck out.

    Thanks for your very contructive comments though.


  3. well 3/5 is’nt bad so it gives me hope when i`m on my next movie binge i`ll have to see this one because it was on my to-do list, but got pushed back a bit and i`ve never gottten around to it.


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