Obsessed “the movie”

I’m not going to lie – Obsessed messed with my head a little.

Every now and then there pops up a movie that makes you think. And like most movies, I always put myself in the shoes of the main character. It makes talking to the screen and yelling things a whole lot easier.

Putting myself in the shoes of British actor, Idris Elba, I have to say – I felt like OJ before and after he did it.

The film stars Elba, who plays an executive in a financial firm, along with Beyonce Knowles who plays his wife – a stay at home mom.

Everything seems to be great, as in most films.

Enter Ali Larter (Heroes) a sexy blonde temp who seems to be the perfect assistant for Elba until she starts showing more than just a professional interest in her boss.

Okay, so nothing is wrong with someone being attracted to someone else.

It’s when you act on that attraction that the problem comes in, but Elba’s character never slept with Larter’s character.

She does stalk him though. Everywhere he turns – there she is.

In his bed, at a convention, she even tried to come onto him in the men’s room at an office party.

And every time, Elba’s character deflected her advances.

It was clear that Elba’s character was a good man.

But the problem came when he lied to his wife.

He lied and told his wife that nothing was going on – which was the worst thing he could do.

Putting myself in his shoes, I would have told my wife immediately and then watched my wife beat her down – which eventually happens during the climax of the film.

Larter’s character comes off as a little crazy immediately upon entering the first scene. But she becomes certifiable when she goes upstairs and takes Elba’s and Knowles’ character’s baby.

It is here that Knowles’ character comes to the forefront as a mad black woman – which she doesn’t play that well.

I don’t even think he wanted to – but the real problem in the film was Knowles’ lack of thematic timing.

I guess I just have to face the facts that Beyonce Knowles is a limited film actress.

Throughout the film, I was contemplating starting a Face Book group called, “Beyonce Can’t Act.”

The ass-whooping that Knowles gives Larter in the film, was certainly a hum dinger – as my grandmother would say.

Knowles’ performance was disappointing but not surprising. Elba’s portrayal of a man who bit off more than he can chew – was ordinary and stereotypical. Larter’s performance was fair, but at times it seemed to channel her portrayal of three different characters that she plays in Heroes.

Overall, the film might have worked with better characters.

I was underwhelmed.

Obsessed is rated PG-13 for sexual material including some suggestive dialogue, some violence and thematic content. The film, released by Sony Pictures has cleared $47,002,000 in film box office sales. The film was directed by Steve Shill and produced by Rain Forest Films.

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About James R. Sanders James knew that he was going to be involved in media somehow when he realized that the only person that had something worth saying was him. He's not egotistical though, his work regularly appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer, OrigiVation Magazine, Black Star News, Bustedhalo.com, Wow Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

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