Obsessed (12A)

Film image

The ViewLondon Review

StarStarStarNo StarNo Star
Review byMatthew Turner28/05/2009

Three out of Five stars
Running time: 105 mins

Enjoyably rubbish thriller enlivened by strong performances and a decent climax that just about compensates for the film's failures in pacing and plotting.

What's it all about?
Directed by Steve Shill, Obsessed stars Idris Elba as Derek Charles, a high-flying businessman who seems to have it all: a recent promotion, a new house, the perfect wife (Beyonce Knowles as Sharon) and an impossibly cute baby. However, his life turns upside down when gorgeous new office temp Lisa (Ali Larter) starts coming onto him and won't take no for an answer.

Unfortunately, with each refusal, Lisa becomes more and more obsessed and it isn't long before she's entered Fatal Attraction-style psycho territory.

The Good
Ali Larter gives possibly her best performance to date as the deranged Lisa, managing to suggest a hint of damaged vulnerability rather than just playing her as a straight-up evil bitch. Similarly, Idris Elba makes an extremely likeable lead, whilst Beyonce is largely wasted for most of the film but makes up for it in the climax.

The film makes you wait an awfully long time for the inevitable catfight between Larter and Beyonce (given away by the trailer), but when it finally comes, it doesn't disappoint and just about makes up for the film's dodgier moments. The climax is well-staged, with plenty of crowd-pleasing moments, though you do wonder how they sneaked that head-butt past the 12A certificate.

The Bad
It's fair to say that Obsessed has more than its fair share of rubbish moments, some of which are unintentionally hilarious (Lisa sending Derek a huge blue emoticon; her spectacularly ill-judged car seduction attempt), while others are just plain frustrating (a drug-assisted rape scene that is instantly forgotten about; Christine Lahti's embarrassing role as the world's most useless detective). In addition, the film is painfully slow in places and takes ages to get going, while also lacking the guts to really stick the knife in.

Worth seeing?
In short, the performances ensure that Obsessed is never less than watchable and it's ultimately worth seeing for the climactic catfight.

Obsessed has been reviewed by 2 users
01 Focus (15)

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

02 Selma (12A)

David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

03 Far from the Madding Crowd (tbc)

Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaert...

04 Chappie (tbc)

Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley

05 A Most Violent Year (15)

Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

Content updated: 19/04/2019 07:46

Latest Film Reviews

Film of the Week

Foxcatcher (15)

Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum star in this real life inspired story of Olympic talent, fierce competition and murder.

UK Box Office Top 5 Films