Plot: What’s it about?
I can vividly recall film critic Richard Roeper answer a question when asked “Was that movie good?” His response really stuck with me when he said “As a critic, I want everything I see to be good. I want it to entertain me, challenge me or make me think. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.” This thought raced through my mind about eight minutes into “Obsessed”, a movie so by the book that you can pretty much tell what will happen just based on looking at the cover. Unfortunately for me I didn’t know that before I invested nearly two hours of my life in this movie. On paper, it must have looked like a good idea and we can thank “Fatal Attraction” for giving us the psycho female stalker genre of movie. In fact, I feel it my duty to tell you right now not to pick this movie up and watch “Fatal Attraction” instead. Yes, it’s a bit dated, but a far superior movie. However, if you’re the stubborn type, then I suppose I’ll do my best to give the rundown on “Obsessed.”
Derek Charles is an Executive VP for an investment firm. He’s well-to-do with his brand new house, a new Mercedes and lovely wife (Beyonce Knowles) and child. Derek had married his former assistant and as such, he’s relegated to having male assistants. This changes when a new temp, Lisa (Ali Larter) starts and immediately has a thing for Mr. Charles. It’s here where we wander into eye-rolling territory as we all know what will happen. Derek, being a faithful husband, resists Lisa’s feeble attempts at romance, though she can’t seem to take “No” for an answer. A series of events happen and before long (as we all knew would happen), Sharon (Knowles) suspects an affair and kicks Derek out of the house. Will Derek be able to shake Lisa and put the pieces of his life back together or will the war of words spell disaster for Derek?
Well what do you think happens? I mean come on people! This is perhaps the most formulaic and predictable movie I’ve seen in quite some time and I can only be grateful that there aren’t too many other films out there like this (or there may be, but I haven’t seen them). It’s not a matter of acting, I think the cast is talented and the background players like Jerry O’Connell and Bruce McGill are certainly capable of fine performances. It’s just that this movie follows every clich? in the book. There’s no hint of any sort of twist or anything to suggest that it was even thought of. Have I already told you to see “Fatal Attraction” instead? Hell, even the Michael Douglas/Demi Moore film “Disclosure” blows this one away, though that had more to do with sexual harassment than a stalker. “Swimfan”, go see that instead! Quite simply there is nothing redeeming about this movie, save for a few scenes in which Ali Larter isn’t wearing much, but you can see that on the internet for free (and keep your brain cells, to boot). Stay clear of “Obsessed” at all costs.
Video: How does it look?
As bad of a movie as ?Obsessed? is, I do have to say that the 2.40:1 AVC HD transfer does look fairly pleasing to the eye. Colors are bold and rich and even the office, which could look cold and corporate, looks nice as well. There seems to be a gentle elegance to the entire film with lavish sets, designer clothes and they all look marvelous on Blu-ray. I caught the tiniest bit of artifacting in a couple of scenes, but nothing to get all worked up over. For those out there that do like this film (and, admit it, you?re probably out there) they?ll be pleased to know that it looks great.
Audio: How does it sound?
Sonically this Dolby TrueHD mix sounds good as well. I didn?t feel the need to go fact check, but there are a few songs played throughout the course of the movie that sound pretty good. I would venture to guess that Beyonce performed at least one of them; else why have her in the film? The majority of the film is dialogue-driven save for the climatic cat fight which does have its share of things breaking and whatnot. Nevertheless, ?Obsessed? does sound good on the technical side of things, shame the dialogue couldn?t be used for more than ?Leave me alone!?
Supplements: What are the extras?
We get a trio of featurettes here that don?t really offer much to the film. Evidently the head of Sony Pictures fell so in love with this story that he was determined to have it made. We get an interview with the screenwriter who seems fairly intelligent, it?s amazing he cranked out this piece of crap. There?s a feature on the production and set design as well as some behind the scenes footage behind the catfight at the end of the film. Some previews are also thrown in, though none of the actual film itself.