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Starring: Beyonc? Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter, Jerry O'Connell
Director: Steve Shill
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures
Release Date: August 4, 2009
Run Time: 108 minutes

How to sit through Obsessed. Endurance – that is the word. It is about discipline, the ability to put a DVD into the player and endure what comes regardless of how abysmal it is. Abysmal is a good word, waste is another good word, wretched is another good word: There are lots of good words to describe the so called thriller with all the tension of a wet dish cloth. Imagine Fatal Attraction gone horribly wrong and you are starting to get the idea – add a little bit of what Hollywood thinks should qualify as racial tension black man with black wife and a white secretary trying to mix things up.

Here’s the basics in a nutshell: Derek (Idris Elba) and Sharon (Beyoncé Knowles) and their little baby boy have just moved into new digs after Derek’s big promotion to vice president of an asset management firm. Lisa is a temp (Ali Lartner) who has the hots for Derek from the moment she sees him. Wife is at home, secretary is at the office and Derek keeps his rocket in his pocket. You could cut the tension with a mug.

The failure of this movie is so complete that even the simple beauty of the three leads doesn’t save it beyond the first few minutes of eye candy. Even the inevitable battle royal between Sharon and Lisa will leave the viewer wondering what the heck the writer was thinking about. It is very disappointing to see talent go to waste both Ali Lartner is capable of much better than this movie allows her to be. Have a look at Lartner in the television series Heroes. Give Obsessed as wide a berth as possible it really is not worth your time.

Denis Bernicky

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