I'm a big
fan of imagination. It's what gets me out of a lot of jobs and
where my best ideas for how to use aluminum foil come from.
I also really dig things that make sense. I like good acting,
good dialog, excitement, fun and being surprised. Not a Goddamn
one of those things is in Obsessed. There isn't a single
surprise, pleasant or otherwise, in its grueling 105 minutes.
It's a fucking turd on a stick. Only, instead of coating it
with chocolate like they usually do, the Hollywood grassfuckers
just presents it as the turd on a stick it is and says, "Enjoy!
Or not. We obviously couldn't care less."
products where imagination isn't needed. Nobody wants the makers
of generic cough syrup to get creative. We want it to make us
stop coughing and get loaded without causing genital warts,
even if that would be a surprise. Same goes for Korean cars.
People don't buy them for wow-effect; they buy them to get from
point A to point B cheaply. Movies, though, are a place where
we do want to be surprised and delighted. Each should be different.
Obsessed has less whimsy, charm and adventure than a
plays a financial advisor who is supposedly an up-and-comer
at his ritzy company. In the movie, he is supposed be about
thirty years old, but he looks about 40. In the very condensed,
uninteresting world of the movie, he's supposed to be really
likable, yet he has only one friend in the world, a greasy asshole
at his office played by Jerry O'Connell. His world is made up
only of his new house and his office. He is married to a miserable,
paranoid harpie played by the horrible actress Beyonce Knowles.
She has an even smaller world; it consists of their house, and
she has no friends. There is no backstory to either, and they
don't seem to exist beyond the boundaries of this poorly-written
movie. They have all the personality and interest of Target-ad
hand models. There is little reason to give a shit about two
bland yuppies who contribute nothing to society except the consumption
of expensive shit. Elba and Knowles have a Cadillac and a Mercedes,
both of which are meant to tell us they are rich, but neither
of which tell us who gives a fuck besides the Mercedes and Cadillac
dealers. We hear Elba is good at his job, but never see a single
flash of brilliance. In fact, all we see him do is make very
bad decisions that prolong a very easily defused plot.
Elba shows up at work to find Ali Larter, a blandly pretty blonde
temp behind a desk. For no reason we know of, she becomes obsessed
with Elba. Rather than have her fired or tell someone what the
fuck is going on, Elba lets her ruin his life, drug him, haunt
him and torment him. She goes into his house, kidnaps his child,
stalks him, and tries to commit suicide in his hotel bed. Why
he doesn't tell anyone makes no sense. Although, if he had acted
with any modicum of intelligence, there wouldn't be a stupid
ass movie called Obsessed in theaters.
obsessed with a big fat personality zero is also a puzzlement.
Maybe writer David Loughery thought he was writing an interesting
guy. He didn't. Elba comes across as having the charisma of
a Taco Bell and the wisdom of a greeting card. The movie never
gives Larter a God damn characteristic beyond being a psycho
bitch. Not one. Every moment on screen she acts nuts, and Elba
seems to be aware of it from the very beginning. For her part,
Knowles is so screechy and jealous that Elba is supposed to
be afraid to tell her he has a female temp. What the fuck? How
is that a good marriage, the perfect one the movie keeps shoving
up our asses?
plot is a ripoff mish-mash of Fatal Attraction, The
Babysitter, Poison Ivy and any other movie with a
scorn woman who goes apeshit. Except it has less tension or
drama. That's because in those movies, the woman actually has
a reason to feel mistreated. Even if she overreacts to being
jilted, we understand the seed of anger that germinated into
blind rage. In Obsessed, Larter is nuts from the start,
and she stays nuts. Elba never does anything wrong, other than
not tell someone that Larter is batshit insane. When he professes
innocence, it's because he is. The thirty of forty times in
the movie where he tells his friends "I'm a married man, I don't
do that," he means it. He doesn't fool around, say anything
interesting, or act more than half asleep. So, nobody can sympathize
with Larter or even understand what she's so worked up about.
Steve Shill makes the predictability worse with conventional
and dull directing. There is a sequence where he tries to build
dread with a happy face emoticon on a computer screen. A silly
ticking time bomb of whether Elba can delete all the pictures
of Larter in lingerie he sent to her before Knowles gets out
of the bathroom. The movie's foreshadowing is as obvious and
heavy as a teenage girl's first experiments with eye makeup.
At the beginning of Obsessed, Knowles and Elba tour their
new house and they notice that the attic floor is weak. Well,
guess who is going to fucking fall through that later. (By the
way, the attic is enormous and about 20-feet tall--in a house
that looks--from the outside--to have no attic, and especially
not a pitched one.) They camera also lingers on the heavy chandelier
placed directly over a glass table. Hmmm, wonder if it might
fall. And get this shit: when Larter does fall through the ceiling
and crash through the glass table she appears to be dead. Only
to suddenly open her eyes and snarl! What fucking asshole thought
anybody with a brain hasn't seen this shit a dozen times before?
Seriously, does it take a director, a writer and studio to come
up with the exact same shit over and over?
just a few examples of how unoriginal and unimaginative this
turd is. Not one person in Hollywood stopped it from being made.
Nobody suggested putting just one tiny twist into a mechanical,
horrible plot. No grassfucker stood up while watching the dailies
and said, "This wouldn't be fair to force upon the public."
Because they don't fucking care. And they should be in Korea
making cheap automobiles, not movies. Fuck this horrible, uninspired,
pointless piece of shit. One Finger for Obsessed.
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