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Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 2009 / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Steve Shill / Actors: Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell, Bonnie Perlman ... / DVD released 2009-10-26 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL

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      22.06.2011 23:46
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      Just another stalker film, but far less appealing than the others!

      RELEASED: 2009, Cert.15

      RUNNING TIME: Approx. 107 mins

      DIRECTOR: Steven Shill

      PRODUCERS: George Flynn, Glenn S Gainor, Beyonce Knowles, Earvin Johnson & Matthew Knowles

      MUSIC: James Dooley

      WRITER: David Loughery

      MAIN CAST:-

      Idris Elba as Derek Charles
      Beyonce Knowles as Sharon Charles
      Ali Larter as Lisa Sheridan

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      High-flyer executive Derek Charles is a happily married man. He and his wife Sharon, together with their little boy, have just moved into a huge new house, and life couldn't be better.

      On his way to work one morning, Derek finds himself sharing the office lift with an attractive young woman. Almost immediately, the young woman makes it apparent that she feels drawn to Derek. A little later, Derek spots the woman in his own office and she introduces herself as Lisa Sheridan, his new temp PA.

      At every available opportunity during each working day, Lisa flirts relentlessly with Derek, at times putting him in some embarrassing situations. Initially, Derek views this flirting as a little harmless fun, not really reciprocating....each time gently reminding Lisa that he is a happily married man who isn't up for what she is blatantly offering.

      During the company's Christmas party, Lisa glues herself to Derek like a leech, engineers a situation whereby he has to kiss her under a piece of mistletoe, then after following him into the men's toilets, pushes him into a very uncompromising position.

      Lisa is a young woman who simply won't take "no" for an answer. As the days pass, she continues to harass Derek and the more he gently attempts to push her away, the more deviously vicious she becomes. Each time Lisa ups the stakes, Derek becomes more and more worried about how her unprovoked and unwelcome advances will jeopardise his job and his settled, happy family life. Derek's main problem is that he hasn't told his wife about how Lisa is using increasingly unhinged methods in order to try and manipulate him into a steamy affair.

      That is a loose summary of the plot....to find out the rest, you must watch it for yourself.

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      Obsessed is out of the bag of the 'lovelorn stalker' movie, and I was hoping that it may take the topic to different, more interesting levels. Having read a few mixed opinion reviews and a couple of précis on the film, I thought I'd watch it to see if it offered anything different, possibly even compelling.

      The first thing which really irritated me after clicking the 'play' button, was the music. Its levels are set far too loud to the point where it almost completely drowns out the dialogue. If that isn't bad enough in itself, I found the music annoying, irrelevant and completely out of place to what was happening on the screen. My levels of frustration towards this terrible music were rising so high that I almost abandoned it altogether, but resolved to grit my teeth and carry on just in case I'd be missing an otherwise good film. I got around the problem, up to a point, by reducing the volume levels each time the abominable music crashed through my headphones, then raising it again when the coast seemed clear in order to hear at least some of the dialogue.

      Once the film got underway, I felt that far too much emphasis was being placed on the situation and not enough on character development. Each of the main characters seemed even less than one-dimensional and rather contrived. Derek is the typical nice guy, Sharon is the devoted wife and mother, and Lisa is the seemingly sweet and pretty office girl whose personality when fully unleashed, makes Lizzie Borden seem like Mother Theresa in comparison.

      I wasn't overly stunned by the acting abilities of the main cast, but accept that they were probably doing their best with a weak storyline and even weaker script. I found Ali Larter's portrayal of the deranged Lisa Sheridan extremely unconvincing, and felt she gave a decidedly under par performance. She simply didn't pull the punches which are needed to come across as an embittered, lovelorn, neurotic harridan. Idris Elba as the put-upon Derek Charles played his part reasonably well, but I feel the limitations of the script and the contrivedness of the story perhaps didn't create a role for him which would draw forth any serious acting skills. As far as Beyonce Knowles' portrayal of Sharon Charles is concerned, I have to say that I found it on the one hand laughable and on the other hand embarrassing. Perhaps someone should tell her that even if in a similar life situation to hers in the film, people just don't behave like that. I had the huge sensation whilst watching Obsessed, that everybody was ACTING, and for me that's not the hallmark of a good and realistic production. I don't want to be aware that the cast are actors.....I want to forget who they are offstage, and for them to use any acting skills they have to draw me into a fictitious situation as if it were really happening, and for those characters above all to be believable. I'm afraid nobody in Obsessed came across as anything remotely approaching believable.

      This film is just another in a long line of 'disturbed stalker' productions, yet isn't as good as any of its predecessors. I fail to understand how the writers and director seem not to have realised that as well as this movie being worse than others of its ilk, it's an almost verbatim repeat of a mixture of Fatal Attraction and Play Misty For Me. Obsessed also contains similar elements to The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and Single White Female - OK, a different storyline, but the similarity to Fatal Attraction and Play Misty For Me is so pronounced, that I honestly would suggest to anyone who likes this type of film, to watch those instead as they at least have something solid to offer.

      I found Obsessed to be rushed, especially at the beginning, and feel that with some applied directing skill and some major tweaking of the storyline to inject at least a modicum of originality into the proceedings, the outcome possibly could have been a lot better. As it stands, there is nothing gripping about it at all and it's just one big drag from outset to finality; a finality which in all honesty, is 100% predictable.

      In summary, I personally don't recommend Obsessed to anybody who has cut their teeth on earlier films that have utilised the same subject matter, yet are far better. It is possible that Obsessed may appeal to perhaps younger people who might not have seen movies such as Fatal Attraction (and similar), but if you are aged over about 23-ish, I'd say forget it as you could end up feeling you've wasted 107 minutes of your life.

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      At the time of writing, Obsessed is available for purchase on Amazon as follows:-

      New: from £3.35 to £25.60
      Used: from £2.05 to £12.95
      Collectible: One copy available at £6.99

      A delivery charge of £1.26 should be added to the above figures.

      A quick hunt through Youtube shows me that Obsessed appears (at least for the time being) on the site in full, in 11 (I think!) parts, each lasting between 9 and 10 mins. There are also a few clips/trailers which can be viewed as tasters. I won't warn against clicking into spoilers, as I think the end can be predicted even before you've seen any other parts of the film.

      Thanks for reading!

      ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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        04.04.2010 13:39
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        "You think you're crazy? I'll show you crazy. Just try me, bitch."

        Derek and Sharon Charles are very happy with their new life - newly married, a young son, a successful job for Derek and a new house - nothing could be more perfect. But when the overly friendly and very beautiful Lisa joins Derek's firm as a temp, the Charles' perfect life begins to fall apart. After a misunderstanding at the firm's Christmas party, Lisa seems to get the wrong idea. She believes that she and Derek are meant to be together and she will go to any lengths to have him for herself.

        ~ Cast ~
        Derek Charles - Idris Elba
        Sharon Charles - Beyoncé Knowles
        Lisa Sheridan - Ali Larter
        Ben - Jerry O'Connell

        I wanted to see this when it first came out at the cinema but the cinema people obviously thought that it wasn't going to be that much of a success as it didn't even come out at my local cinema, so I was really disappointed. So Alex bought me the DVD for Christmas and we've only just got around to watching it over the weekend.

        I thought that Ali Larter was the best actor in this. From the very beginning, even when she seemed like she was being a perfectly nice and friendly person, there was still something about her that just seemed creepy. There's not really another way to explain it other than that she just made her character seem weird from the very start. Lisa seemed slightly psycho-ish and like a crazy stalker and the way she looked at Derek, even when she first met him, it seemed that something wasn't right with her. I just had a bad feeling about her character the entire way through and I didn't like her character one bit. This is obviously the way you're meant to feel about her as Lisa really is a complete psycho.

        Beyonce didn't have a huge part in this but her best part by far was when she also turned into a crazy woman and the two women had a huge fight towards the end of the film. It was so funny and entertaining watching this as both of them could obviously fight pretty well but Beyonce seemed to turn into a kind of insane Amazonian woman with her huge curly hair and she looked like a lion about to pounce on her prey!

        Idris Elba, who played the role of Derek, a man torn between the two women, did pretty well even though maybe he was a little plain in his character. Derek is a lovely character and you immediately like him from the beginning. He's friendly, helpful and funny but the main reason you like him is that, despite being pounced on in a toilet cubicle by a very attractive woman, she doesn't want anything to do with her because he loves his wife. This was the main thing that made me like him and so you can't help but feel sorry for him the whole time with a crazy stalker after him.

        I found the whole film really entertaining and it had a great storyline that I thought played out really well on screen. I know that this generally got quite bad reviews, as it has on here too, but I actually really enjoyed it. I can't really see much that I can fault in the film to be honest - the plot was interesting, the music and actors kept the pace quite thrilling throughout and I really thought it was a very enjoyable film.

        Certificate rating: 12A
        Running time: 108 minutes
        Director: Steve Shill

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          08.01.2010 09:54
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          Shallow, trashy but surprisingly watchable

          Just by reading the title, you immediately know what this film is going to be about. The poster says is all - Beyoncé Knowles and Idris Elba are happily married, and then the hot Ali Larter comes along to ruin their marriage. Sounds familiar? "Fatal Attraction" is the most obvious film that comes to mind. I remember seeing "Fatal Attraction" for the first time. How the wicked Glenn Close freaked the hell out of me. How I actually felt some sort of sympathy for Close's character. But with "Obsessed," those engaging emotions are far gone, due to its clumsy, slow writing and unlikable characters.

          Derek Chalres (Elba) is a business man - a successful one. He's married to Sharon, (Knowles) and has recently bought a nice, big house to live in. They have a baby together and life seems pretty much as perfect as it can ever be, until he encounters a temp-girl, Lisa. (Larter) Lisa forms a sudden attraction to our male protagonist, through no logical reason and starts obsessing over Derek. She's more than determined to make Derek her own, resorting to some sick and twisted methods to try to break up his marriage.

          The biggest problem this film faces is the lack of creativity. "Obsessed" is supposed to be an erotic thriller. But the script is so bland that there is no eroticism nor are there any thrills. It's easy to get frustrated towards Derek Charles for not seeing through Lisa's flirtation until the very last minute. It's frustrating to see that absolutely no-one believes Derek when he's the victim trying to sort out his life. The police doesn't help of course, and neither does his darling wife.

          Knowles, in her first feature film where she doesn't have to sing, shows her surprising acting capabilities. She does tend to take things slightly over-the-top, but for a trashy film like this one, it works, and does provide the occasional unintentional laughs. This can't be entirely blamed on her. Given the weak script she had to work with, I'm sure her OTT acting method was the only appropriate one. Elba, the legend from the marvelous TV series "The Wire," takes a tumble, having only a few charismatic moments. Larter is so-so at being delusional and psychotic, although she's no Glenn Close. But thank God the film stars are at least good-looking. The attraction between the stars is what the film counts on.

          So what's up with all the character developments? They start off being moderately likable, but this doesn't last for long. Larter's character, instead of being portrayed as the helpless victim in love, turns too quickly into this deceitful, scheming woman. Knowles is a bitchy, insecure wife, with Elba turning into an unexpectedly incompetent, somewhat lazy leading man.

          The final cat-fight between Knowles and Larter is definitely the most memorable moment in the entire film. With lines like "I'm gonna wipe the floor with yo' skinny ass!!" and "(punch) Nobody touches ma child! (punch)" being thrown around, you learn that it's not a good idea to mess with Knowles. The two ladies show absolutely no mercy, fighting over the undeserving male protagonist.

          "Obsessed" is not a bad film as such. The boxoffice success of this film is entirely comprehensible. It's an easy-watch, with attractive leads and an appealing plot. But ultimately the good qualities this film started off with are wasted to a B-grade thriller film.

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            02.11.2009 15:39
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            Fun ensues when an out of control office worker seeks to ruin the lives of a happy couple.

            Give Obsessed some credit it knows it's a rip-off of Fatal Attraction and other stalker-themed suspense thrillers, so it doesn't waste any time setting things up for us. In fact, within the first five minutes, I literally figured out exactly how the movie would end!

            All the pieces of the film cliche like are put into place immediately. Sharon and Derek (Beyonce Knowles and Idris Elba) move into their new house and check everything out, which is very helpful for us in the audience to know exactly which parts of the house will be factors when the stalker inevitably breaks in. The film quickly establishes that Derek has money and is well-respected and successful at his job but it doesn't waste time telling us what he actually does. It might have to do with finances or sales they use a lot of words like "prospectus."

            At work, Derek meets Lisa, his new temp (Ali Larter of Heros fame) this job is considered the most crazy in your stalker suspense thrillers. So the film doesn't need to waste time with a messy affair or anything like that, her job description means she falls in love with him on first sight. Lisa gets stuck right into the stalking straight away so that there's no doubt in our minds she's crazy, learning as much as she can about Derek's personal life behind his back. His stereotypically lecherous co-workers check her out, establishing that most men would easily give in to her advances but not our boy Derek, oh no!

            Why won't Derek do anything? Well because his wife is firmly in control. And by that I don't mean Sharon: I mean Beyonce. I couldn't help but notice she's not only the star of the movie but an executive producer, and I can't help but feel the music and acting diva made sure she never looked weak. The woman who sings "Say My Name" and that "If you like it you should put a ring on it" song would never let her man cheat. And that apparently includes her onscreen husband. Right away, she tells him she wishes he didn't' have a female assistant. And right away, she suspects Lisa is up to something and marks her territory. Then she vanishes for a good chunk of the movie, while poor Derek suffers.

            Oh, don't worry Beyonce be back just in time to defend "my man" and "my house" and "my baby." (please add the compulsary head shakes and finger snaps!) She lets him do all that suffering so she can look strong. It's obvious who wears the pants in the family. But Derek is never tempted, why go elsewhere if you're with Beyonce?

            I feel this movie is not a lesson for men a la Fatal Attraction that you shouldn't stray. It's a lesson for women your gonna have to fight out to keep your man!

            But you know what? I kind of enjoy Obsessed. I laughed a lot. Beyonce's caricature of a tough woman was pretty funny and Ali Larter is great as the obsessed stalker, each of her moves is pretty predictable but executed in such an over the top manner that you can't help but giggle. I must admit I eagerly anticipated the moment when they would both finally clash and it doesn't disappoint it's a laugh out loud classic smackdown! Trust me WWE Divas ain't got nothing on Larter and Beyonce!

            So sit back and enjoy the chaos that happens when an out of control office worker decides to ruin the lives of a happy young couple. Beyonce won't allow poor Derek to see the funny side of it, but you can!

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            30.06.2009 01:12
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            A cliched pot boiler

            As if there aren't enough of them, Steve Shill brings us another Fatal Attraction knock off, with the added bonus of being a star vehicle for Beyonce Knowles who, let's be honest, hardly needs the extra publicity. The only bonus is that it brings to a bigger audience Idris Elba who, on the fantastic HBO show The Wire, turned in one of the finest TV performances in recent years.

            The premise consists of high flying businessman Derek Charles (Elba) being stalked by office temp Lisa Sheridan (Ali Larter), whilst his bemused wife Sharon (Knowles) grows increasingly more jealous and irritating as the film progresses, even asking Derek to fire Lisa because she's too pretty. Lisa, of course, doesn't give up without a fight, and things escalate from obsessive stalking until they begin getting violent, resulting in a rather hilarious bitch brawl between Lisa and Sharon.

            The main problems with the film is that it's incredibly derivative, with not a shred of originality in its loins. Also, it's far too self serious considering how absurd it is. If treated as a sort of trashy shlock piece with over the top performances and plotting, it could actually have been mildly enjoyable. Instead, it's just unintentionally amusing, and what director Steve Shill (what an appropriate name) attempts to pass for convincing drama is just stale and stagnant. Moreover, it's way too long at about 100 minutes. At a breezy 90, it still would have been outstaying its welcome, but at least it'd be hard to call it too bloated, as is a very valid description here.

            Obsessed barely recieved a UK cinema release at all, and rightly so. This Fatal Attraction knockoff is mostly lacking in bite, with a cliched, absurd plot, and characters that are mostly dislikeable (notably Beyonce Knowles' controlling wife character) and not in any way realistic. The Wire's Idris Elba is expertly squandered in a film he would do best to quickly forget.

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            24.06.2009 16:42
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            Missable

            Obsessed belongs to the same genre as Fatal Attraction and Derailed, although with a difference, as this time the man tries hard to resist the seductive clutches of the femme fatale. That won't save him though.

            Derek Charles (Idris Elba) has a dream life and a dream family. He's a highly successful asset-manager married to his voluptuous ex-assistant Sharon (Beyonce Knowles), and has a cute toddler son. The three of them have just moved house and it seems they have the perfect future cut out for them. But it all starts to go wrong when he meets the flirtatious new temp Lisa (Ali Larter) in the lift at work, and begins a friendly, jokey working relationship that he carefully keeps within strict boundaries.

            But Lisa seems to read something more into everything he says and does. His colleague Derek (Jerry O'Donnell) notices the way she behaves around him and points out, "A lot of single girls see the workplace as their hunting ground, and I think this one has you in her cross-hairs."

            It doesn't help that Derek finds her attractive. He knows he's on dangerous ground, and decides to tell his wife, but before he gets the chance, things start to escalate to a level where it's all out of his control. Having worked with him, Sharon knows his reputation for office flirtations, and it's inevitable she's going to be suspicious when she meets the new temp. Especially when she sees that Lisa is not as plain as she'd been led to believe.

            Idris Elba has a sexy screen presence as Derek that just oozes testosterone, especially when he's got his shirt off. He really is attractive enough for a woman as nutty as Lisa to become obsessed about. He's somewhat bland though as a character, and somehow lacks the depth of personality that would have made him more charismatic.

            Ali Larter plays the dangerous blonde in Heroes and she plays the role of Lisa in a similar style, with a lot of flirtatious leg-crossing, artful eye contact and pouting. The camera focuses often on her legs, indicating that men's eyes are drawn there. She's well cast in this, as being so well known in Heroes she is now fairly typecast as the manipulative and self-serving temptress.

            Beyonce Knowles isn't exactly a strong actress, but fortunately most of the time all she has to do is look sexy in the role of Sharon. She does play a bigger part in the second half of the film, where she makes a great show of being the angry wife, that's actually more irritating than anything. Her anger is way over the top and poor Derek starts to look like more and more of a victim being pulled in two directions by two determined and not exactly rational women.

            As a man-stalked-by-crazy-woman kind of thriller, much of it has been done before. A lot of things that feature in the end of the film are foregrounded at the beginning which is a bit annoying as it's not hard to figure out what's going to happen. There really isn't any need for it. Also, the plot is painfully contrived in places. For instance every time Derek tries to tell someone about what's happening, something conveniently happens to intervene.
            So far as tension goes, there's a total lack of it in the first half of the film, and it all starts to get a big yawn-making. It does pick up and get more exciting in the second half, but not enough to make it a great thriller.

            Fatal Attraction had a huge effect on audiences at the time (1987) and there was a lot of discussion in the press about the influence it was having on men's attitudes to infidelity. It left us forever with the term 'bunny boiler' as a description for obsessive women. This one just doesn't carry that kind of shock power. Derailed was also more effective as a thriller, with several unexpected twists and turns, and Clive Owen was much stronger in the part of a man who's got himself in too deep.

            However, Obsessed is a film that reflects issues of the 21st century, when freedom-loving career women very often don't marry young and start to feel desperate to land a man when their body clock starts ticking in their thirties. Sexual harassment in the workplace is mostly, though not always, seen as men harassing women, but the interesting thing about this film is the way it's all so neatly flipped around to make the man the frightened victim. I tried reversing the roles in my head to see how it would appear, and it really would be unacceptable, and in fact in places it would count as attempted rape.

            As thrillers go it's not really worth spending much money on, although it's probably okay for a night in with a rented dvd. It's mildly entertaining, but doesn't really draw the viewer in enough to be gripping.

            Director: Steve Shill
            Running time: 108 minutes
            Certificate: 12A

            This review is also on Helium under my pen name A Marshall

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              24.06.2009 16:21
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              Could have been so much better.

              Derek and Sharon Charles seem to have a perfect marriage, the two fell in love when Sharon (Beyonce Knowles) was a temp at Derek's (Idris Elba) office where Derek works as the Executive Vice President of Gage Bendix. Sharon has stayed at home to look after the pair's baby boy Kyle.

              When new temp Lisa (Ali Larter) begins working at Derek's office, he doesn't realise that his whole world is going to be rocked significantly by her arrival. Lisa is something of a temptress and quickly has the men of the office talking about her raunchy looks. All apart from Derek, he's very much in love with his wife and wouldn't do anything to sabotage that. Lisa however isn't put off with Derek's lack of interest and quickly becomes very interested in him after he comforts her after she suffers a broken relationship. Quickly Lisa begins making very obvious advances towards Derek which Derek shrugs off as a crush however Derek is unaware that things are soon to turn nasty and his wife and young son may be in grave danger...

              When I saw previews about Obsessed I became very captivated as this is just the sort of film that I enjoy. After recently seeing Fatal Attraction for the first time I was hoping for another version of that as it was a fantastic film. Therefore the first chance I got, I went to see this with some friends expecting to see a tense, taut thriller that we would all thoroughly enjoy.

              Unfortunately that wasn't quite the case, this film lasts around an hour and 45 minutes which to my mind is an hour too long. The film doesn't get going until about 45 minutes in and by that time we were already deliberating whether to leave the cinema or not, in the end we decided we had nothing to lose by staying and part of me is glad that I did because the last 45 minutes is a lot better than the first so I was glad I didn't just give up on this film straight away.

              I must pre-warn you, if you are planning on watching this you must be prepared to sit through around 45 minutes of absolute tripe and that's me being nice. The acting was an absolute disaster and was less menacing and more humorous.

              Beyonce is someone who is primarily known for her fantastic voice and superstardom as a singer and up until this film I thought that her acting career had no boundaries. This film however has probably done more bad than good for her acting career and after starring in a number of good movies previous to this I was very disappointed with her performance in this film. Her character Sharon just seems to have no personality whatsoever, she seems to be a typical housewife and she doesn't really have a lot to say or do until around an hour into the film. I think it would have been nice to give her character a lot more to say and do as I personally am a big fan of hers. Sharon simply had no depth to her at all, near the beginning of the film there's a scene where Sharon goes to see Derek at work and she comes across as extremely jealous and desperate and not a strong female lead at all. She's one of those women who can't stand up for herself and will do anything to keep her man. As the film goes on her character does develop though which was quite pleasing to see but with this change she transforms from being an upper-class, well-bred housewife to a ghetto fabulous woman. At numerous occasions I was waiting for that infamous line of 'oh no you didn't' to come out of her mouth and I was actually somewhat disappointed when it didn't as it would have added some much needed intentional humour into the film to try and cover up all the unintentionally funny parts.

              Idris Elba is someone that I had never heard of before seeing this film and to be honest it really wouldn't bother me if I never saw him again in my life. His character, just like his wife's has no depth at all however unlike Beyonce's character you see no character development from him whatsoever . He's bland at the start and he's just as bland at the end. You have no feelings towards him of any kind which is another aspect of the film that drags it down in my estimation. Ali Larter's character is someone that I struggled to peg throughout the film and I found it hard to work out whether that was a good thing or not! For the first hour or so her acting is absolutely awful and being probably the best known actor of the three this was quite disappointing. Out of all three Ali Larter's character was the one that held the film together, or was supposed to anyway. During the first part of the film she came across as extremely fake and apart from the aesthetically pleasing aspect of her character there was nothing redeeming about her personality at all which would make men fall in love with her. It really manages to dumb down both sexes; women because it shows them as husband stealing sluts and men because it depicts them as skirt chasing players. Having said that, for me, Ali Larter did kind of save the film, as the film progressed (slowly) her character steadily became more and more unhinged and she managed to do a complete u-turn and became the best actor in the film. There were some parts when I thought her acting was brilliant and others when I found it to be cringe worthy. I think she played a good baddie however another more experienced actress probably could have done a much better job. As I said she does manage to redeem herself towards the end of the film and there are parts when she comes across as genuinely menacing however I don't think she manages to pull of the temptress part of the role very well though, the way in which she throws herself at Derek just isn't sexy at all. I was expecting her to slowly seduce him which would have made the film a lot more credible.

              I've heard lots of bad things about this movie and a lot of comparisons to Fatal Attraction however I don't think this film even comes close to replicating the sheer terror that Glen Close struck into the eyes of men all around the world all those years ago! The story could have done so much more if only they had been given more accomplished actors to work with. The way the story progresses is extremely slow and although there are some genuinely gripping moments it just wasn't enough to leave me exiting the cinema with a good memory of Obsessed.

              The Executive Producers of this were Beyonce and her Dad/manager Matthew Knowles; what experience have they got producing films? He's obviously a brilliant manager to her as he was the mastermind behind the mammoth success that Destiny's Child and Beyonce as a solo artist has achieved and I'm all for expanding your horizons however I think the Father/Daughter pairing jumped in at the deep end with this film and it was a bit of a catastrophe. The soundtrack to this was absolutely dire, some of the songs were modern pop and R&B songs that I liked however they had absolutely no place in the film and they didn't fit in with the tone of the film at all. This was obviously the musical influence from Beyonce and her Father's side but I think they should just stick to one thing instead of trying to incorporate the two and I'm afraid the thing that I believe they should stick to is music. There was an unmistakable Beyonce song at the very end of the film so I'm assuming she's managed to dip her toes into the soundtrack as well which although I haven't heard the song in full, going by Beyonce's reputation as a musician will probably be the best part of the movie.

              The beginning of the movie had something of a 50's feel to it, as a result of the music and the way it was shot, the whole thing came across as very cheesy and yet again it didn't do the movie any favours in gaining credibility with audiences. I've given this movie a disappointing 2 stars, I considered giving in three but sadly I don't think the good bits of the movie managed to outweigh the bad.

              The entire movie all leads up to one pivotal part which is probably very obvious right from the start, however what isn't obvious is what will happen within this part which is what made it ending surprisingly tense. Of course the audience will all get behind Beyonce's character and although there are aspects of the end sequence which are a tad unrealistic it still makes for an exciting and almost worthwhile ending.

              Overall I wouldn't recommend this film, I do however believe that with Beyonce in a lead role it will attract a steady audience and some people will probably still want to see it for that reason alone given Beyonce's colossal fan base all over the world. If you're going to see this film then don't expect it to be another Fatal Attraction though, infact this film is far from it. It's unintentionally funny, very cheesy and it holds no credibility whatsoever which, given the lead actresses in this is very disappointing. I would also say that this is definitely more of a female aimed film, with the two female leads you have the usual catty remarks which will most likely go over a man's head! This is without doubt only a movie that I will be watching once and although I'm glad that I've seen it because I did really want to I'm also extremely disheartened with how bad this film actually is.

              The DVD is set for release in Aug/Sept time.

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