Obsessed Review

Any conversation about Obsessed is going to divulge into a laugh fest over the ending. It is a ridiculous, stupid, and completely unbelievable finish to a movie that mildly entertains (at best) prior.

The story concerns Derek (Idris Elba) and his “obsessed” stalker, Lisa (Ali Larter). She is a temp worker at Derek’s office, where she begins a slow seduction despite Derek being married to Sharon (Beyonce Knowles). So yes, it is a set up to an episode of the Jerry Springer show, or a remake of Fatal Attraction depending on how you look at it.

The seduction is slow, building from general flirtation to sexual assault in a bathroom during a Christmas office party. Derek wants to tell his wife, but through a series of (poorly) contrived events, it never happens.

This of course lets Lisa continue on her demented rampage, vitaminshair.net and there is no question Larter is excellent in the role. Even in her first appearances on-screen, she is delightfully creepy and unnerving.

Sadly, all of this rather slow build-up leads to a simply atrocious finale, one in which Lisa breaks into Derek’s house, and Sharon comes home to find her in their bed. Here, every action/slasher movie cliché appears on screen. Beyonce begins spouting off unintentionally funny one-liners, the best of which is this gem as she is dragging Lisa across the floor by her foot:

“I’m going to wipe the floor with your skinny ass!”

Despite the life or death struggle, Sharon apparently has a sense of campy humor about the situation. Lisa also takes on the role of a slasher villain, taking a beating during the terribly choreographed and foreshadowed fight. She unbelievably opens her eyes after falling a androidappstores.org solid 20 feet through a glass table, just in time to see the object that is about to kill her drop from the ceiling.

That’s just stupid, much like this movie, a shameful sort of remake of Fatal Attraction, without any of the positives.

Movie ★★☆☆☆ 


Sony delivers a fine AVC encode for Obsessed, a sharp and clean transfer with excellent color saturation. The film uses two palettes, a muted blue style for the office scenes, and a warmer color scheme for the home. Both are handled equally well.

The contrast is fine, with some intentional blooming in the background as the sun enters office windows. The film’s grain structure is fine without causing problems. Facial textures are superb in close-ups, but only marginal when the camera moves back slightly. Black levels are inky and rich, although cause some sporadic black cnaclassesnow.net crush, notably as Derek is in the car at the time stamp of 34:45.

Video ★★★★☆ 

A TrueHD mix is given little to do beyond an active office party and the soundtrack bleeding into the surrounds. The finale mildly uses the rears for some debris, but is otherwise front-loaded. Dialogue is crisp as it should be for any modern release. The subwoofer finds some light work if the music calls for it.

Audio ★★★☆☆ 

Playing Together Nicely is a typical making-of, running just over 15 minutes. Girl Fight! is a look at the work put into the ending brawl, that yes, is taken seriously by the crew. Dressed to Kill is the final featurette, a look at the clothes used in the film. BD-Live support is included, but only takes the viewer to a generic splash page.

Extras ★★☆☆☆ 

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