“ Actors: Tony Danza, Pamela Reed, Ving Rhames, Heather Tom, Camryn Manheim / Director: Bill L. Norton / Classification: 15 / Studio: Infinity Limited / DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007 / Run Time: 90 minutes „
I'm reviewing a film I watched recently on DVD called DEADLY WHISPERS.
Tony Danza(TAXI) Pamela Reed (Proof of Life), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction and Mission Impossible) , and Heather Tom (The Young and The Restless).
Director, Bill L Norton and based on a book by Ted Schwarz.
It is 90mins long.
It is based on a true story. How "based" I don't know for sure as I've not heard of this case.....but then it is pretty low on the horror scale of these things, so most likely slipped under my radar.
The Actons are a relatively poor American family getting by with the father owning his own business dealing in cars/repairs. There are three children....two pre-teens and an older teenage sister called Kathy. Unfortunately Kathy is a bit of a flirt. A BIG bit of a flirt. As in rather a trollop actually. To the point where she is involved with a married man who works with her father.
Naturally the rumours of this affair get back to the dad and he tries clamping down hard on Kathy, but teenagers rarely obey parental demands and family arguments occur causing a lot of tension in the household.
Then Kathy goes missing.
Cue police visits and leafleting in the area and much sobbing and soul searching from the parents.................that's basically most of the film.Crying and rushing round frantically and crying and rushing round and chest-beating.....on and on.
Dad Acton appears convinced a guy who was in his workshop the day Kathy went missing is responsible and puts forward the theory that the guy kidnapped Kathy .So dad goes off searching for the car he says the guy was driving.
Frankly to tell you any more is to reveal the ending. So this is of necessity a really short boring review I'm afraid.
What can I say.Our Internet and TV service was missing for three days and I was desperate for something to watch on the laptop
*WHAT I THOUGHT OF IT*
It was a "based on a true Story" DVD ,and being a true crime buff I was hoping it might be rather good,or at least interesting. It wasn't either one.
I also suspect the casting piqued my interest, and considering the main actors all had sort of halfway decent credentials I expected something better than this dreary rubbish. The mother (Pamela Reed)put in a decent performance considering what she had to work with though.
There was a prolonged attempt to make us wonder " Did he ? Could he have ...? NO ! ...he wouldn't ! " but it just didn't work. I knew who did it within minutes of her going missing and I didn't care either to be honest, because the actress playing Kathy was annoying .
Danza was very one dimensional, as in boring,and his facial expression remained the same from start to finish. He just looked bored and annoyed and even in his 'hearing voices' mode there was no reaction. That face on the DVD case picture....from start to finish. While Reed acted her hillbilly-style socks off her efforts weren't enough to save the film. Anyway,I just wanted to slap her character and tell her to wake up and smell the reality. Even at the end when her kids had been taken into care and the perpetrator was in a mental Institution it took a while for the penny to drop and her total denial was really irritating.
Would I recommend it ? NO ! Unless you get it free and are really REALLY stuck.
OK, I recant that last sentence....just read a book or do some Sudoku so your brain doesn't die, but give this a miss.
It is available on Amazon .
For 1p. +£1.26 P&P.
Really not worth it .
You have been warned.