Synopsis: A successful and happily married businessman in Obsessed has his life turned upside down when a new temp at the office begins stalking him.
Release Date: April 24, 2009 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Thriller, Drama
What we have in Obsessed is just something more of what you have seen before. A woman finds a man attractive, becomes overly attached, and decides she should go crazy and try to ruin his marriage and life when he does not reciprocate the feelings. Nothing more, nothing less. Ali Larter (Lisa) is quite excellent as the crazed, psychotic woman; and more than likely the only reason you may actually sit through Obsessed. The plot just gives you nothing and it is incredibly slow. The twists and turns that should surprise you, thrill you, and excite you, just come and go without a thought. The only time you may sit up and get excited is in the last ten minutes of Obsessed; and who wants to wait that long for a small payoff?
The most interesting, and questionable, thing about the chemistry between characters in this film is the fact that all the “great” chemistry is between the two characters who are not supposed to have it, Derek (Idris Elba) and Lisa (Ali Larter). The two of them on screen, delivering witty banter or playful glances, is magnetic. For all the reasons you are meant to hate Lisa, and the games she plays with Derek, you cannot help but feel the two of them are electric together. Perhaps it is the forbidden nature of their relationship that resonates off the screen or the purely natural attractiveness of the two of them together. Whatever may be causing it, it is undeniable.
There may only be one moment of action (if you can actually call it that) in Obsessed, but its quite a bit of fun. What may be termed a “girl fight” is done with such intensity you find it hard to watch. The two women have it out in the best and most animalistic style that it will thrill you. These women can fight, and for the first time in the entire movie, you actually see some passion, not just coldness, from Sharon (Beyonce Knowles).
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Steve Shill
- Screenwriter: David Loughery
- Cast: Idris Elba (Derek), Beyonce Knowles (Sharon), Ali Larter (Lisa), Jerry O’Connell (Ben), Christine Lahti (Reese)
- Editor: Paul Seydor
- Cinematographer: Ken Seng
- Production Designer(s): on Gary Steele
- Country Of Origin: USA