Monday, April 27, 2009

OBSESSED (2009)


Written By David Loughery


Directed By Steve Shill


Where & When: Mann Grauman's Chinese, Hollywood, CA April 26, 2009 7:40 PM



The day started off on a very sad note. I had called my friend Shawn to figure out what movie we were going to see today and he had just found out his nephew had passed away in Tennessee. He had sickle cell anemia. He was such a sweet and beautiful person. He will really be missed. I thought Shawn might want to cancel but he still wanted to go and I understood. We decided to go see "Obsessed". Shawn loves these type of films, the "I love you so much that I will make you love me no matter what" like "Swimfan", "The Crush" and of course, "Fatal Attraction". Shawn says the ladies in these films are just misunderstood. It's all coming from a good place--love.

"Obsessed" is another tale in this genre but it's not nearly as good as these other films. It opens with a buppie couple, Derick and Sharon, played by Idris Elba and Beyonce Knowles moving on up to the west side with their adorable young son. Life is wonderfully perfect until her husband goes to work one day and meets a beautiful blonde temp named Lisa played by Ali Larter. They flirt innocently or at least that's what Derick thought but Lisa takes him a little too seriously. But she's sadly mistaken because Derick is very happily married and would never cheat on his wife, if he knows what's good for him. Sharon has made it very clear to him on numerous occasions what would happen if he even looks at another woman.

Lisa has one goal-- to make Derick her man and will not let a little thing like a wife stop her from achieving this goal. She goes to great lengths to convince Derick of her love for him; giving him a CD of his favorite band, sexually assaulting him in the men's room at the office Christmas party to finally following him on a business trip where she proceeds to drug and rape him. Surprisingly, none of this works and he tells Lisa that he will never be her man. So she does the only logical thing left to do--she tries to commit suicide in his hotel room.

Well, now the police have to get involved and the world's worst detective is assigned to the case played by Christine Lahti. Sharon now finds out what's going on and she's not happy. Sharon doesn't trust her husband anymore and kicks Derick to the curb. Derick is able to win back his wife but Lisa is not one to give up without a fight which Sharon is more than happy to oblige. The girl on girl fight action is the highlight of the film and could only be topped by adding water or jello to the mix.

All the actors do the best they can with what they've got to work with and it was good to see Ms Lahti in a movie but hopefully someone will give her a better opportunity to showcase her talent. Beyonce joins Madonna and Whitney Houston as singers who should stick to what they do best and leave acting to the professionals. I have one bit of advice for the aspiring actress, "Just keep on singing, don't stop singing".