Let’s get into some of those seductive thrillers…kind of. At least that was the theme I seemed to be going for, but then Bad Match might not exactly match it, at least both are about scorned lovers.
Director (and co-writer): John Stewart Muller
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Christopher Backus, Cary Elwes, Katherine McNamara, LisaGay Hamilton, Melora Walters, Shane Callahan
A married woman’s affair comes back to haunt her when her obsessed lover infiltrates every part of her life. – IMDB
Let’s just start by saying Indiscretion is exactly a bad movie. Actually there are some elements and parts that work well enough but its just a little been there done that. You can’t fault the film for jumping straight to the point and getting the affair/weekend fling over with fairly quickly at the beginning of the movie. Its probably so that the crazy young love or crazy in love lover can spiral out of control and fall out the hinges completely as he does some pretty shady stuff. To be honest, there shouldn’t be any problems with this movie, except I just didn’t find it very thrilling. Its a common problem with thrillers. Indiscretion has Mira Sorvino and her real life husband Christopher Backus playing the married woman and the discarded artist lover respectively. They had mad chemistry especially during their weekend fling moments and the sexy moments. Rightfully so, of course. Christopher Backus does have that creepy lover feeling down fairly well. Then we have Cary Elwes in here and I can’t, for the life of me, understand why he is involved in this because I find him a really impressive actor and he is in this one dimensional role as the husband who is too busy working on his political campaign.
Indiscretion was set up in an interview format with Mira Sorvino’s character which leads us to already make conclusions as to what happened to certain people and that the outcome probably wasn’t too good if you noticed the grammatical tenses they spoke in. Those moments jumped by to the reality of the situation. I say this because you probably need to really dig deep to see how the twist is going to happen. I think the twist was the most clever part of the film but it also did somewhat feel like it came out of nowhere when it first happened. For those who want to watch the film, this is spoiler free so I won’t dive into that. Just know to listen carefully to the film because I thought back and realized that it did drop some hints throughout but then, Indiscretion lacks the immersive and intrigue I needed to be that concentrated to care.
Some good and some bad, Indiscretion falls below average with an ending that pulls it a little higher in the clever twist department but the execution of the film throughout could definitely have been better. I get the back and forth in the timeline thing and recounting pieces make for a puzzle to put together. Its a risky move that I’m not sure completely paid off.
Bad Match (2017)
Director (and writer): David Chirchirillo
Cast: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Lili Simmons, Noureen DeWulf, Brandon Scott
An internet-dating playboy’s life spirals out of control after meeting a woman online. – IMDB
After a string of a fairly lackluster thrillers, Bad Match definitely was a pretty good one. Surprisingly good because its hard to really like a thriller where you don’t really care about the guy that is being targeted because he is a playboy. However, there are some convincing roles here. Jack Cutmore-Scott and Lili Simmons are great at delivering through their roles. Plus, it helps that the camera work here takes some predictable moves like peeking from somewhere from afar however never revealing who is behind it making it feel both creepy and suspenseful.
The underlying fear here is honestly behind the whole online privacy issue that is quite obviously around nowadays. It happens when we don’t remember to put up our defenses and change the privacy settings on social media. It happens when we treat these online dating services without the caution it needs because it does have its dangers. And of course, it even spans into relationships you build in online friends that you have never met. It gets a little judgmental with some of the victims here however, the message Bad Match potentially delivers is an important one.
Whats really nice is the pacing they use in Bad Match. It ramps things up gradually and then it just goes out of control as you watch Harris, Jack Cutmore-Scott’s character, spiral as the events keep getting worse. At the same time, Lili Simmons also keeps it a mystery for us because she has this intensity of being someone who is at a different place on her views of what she expects with her encounter. The two characters are written well to keep everyone guessing especially Lili Simmons character to wonder whether to trust her or not.
I’m going to stop here with Bad Match because I don’t want to go into any spoilers accidentally. I love it when I find a thriller that surprises me as it seems like a generic film but actually delivers something really different and that ending was just awesome. This is a pretty decent one!