Most of my friends have been raving about Obsessed, a new thriller starring Beyonce, Ali Larter, and Idris Elba. In the film, a psychotic client played by Larter stalks Elba at work. Beyonce begins to intervene when the situation heats up. The premise sure does sound exciting, and the psychological thriller has always been my favorite drama.
However, I'm annoyed by the startling similarities between Obsessed and Fatal Attraction, one of my absolute favorite films. Considered to be a modern classic of some sorts, Fatal Attraction deals with a psychotic client played by Glenn Close who stalks a man played by Michael Douglas. Douglas's wife played by Anne Archer intervenes.
Fatal Attraction was one of the biggest hits of the 80's. A cultural phenomenon, it scared millions of straight men into keeping it in their pants. Glenn Close's Oscar-nominated performance is now legendary. Every line reading she gives is masterful... some haven stood the test of time ("I will not be ignored, Dan!").
Critics commented on the film's symbolism, its depth. There are references to societal paranoia and mental degeneration. Everything in the film is deeper than face value.
Obsessed, however, looks as shallow as a kiddie pool. Why should I spend ten dollars on it?
I'd like to hear some opinions about both films.
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Edit: JRthecritic, Sun 3 May 09, 4:13AM
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