Truly are the mysterious ways that led me to this movie. Obsessed is a romantic thriller starring my man Idris, Beyonce, and Ali Larter. That’s basically it, you can pretty much conclude the rest of the movie from that one sentence. I was expecting something like Wild Things, Cruel Intentions, or even Unfaithful. What we got is a simple and clean flick for single use only. And sure, it’s melodramatic and corny at times but what to expect from a mainstream romantic thriller? You can clearly see what the producers were thinking. Just get Idris and Beyonce in the same movie, throw in some intrigue and sex, and bam, you’ve got a winner. Especially considering the fact this isn’t Beyonce’s first rodeo.
This simple premise combined with stereotypical characters feels like a television movie. If there is such a thing anymore. Plus you’ve got these racial overtones where a skinny-ass white hoe be tryin to steal black girl’s baby daddy. You can practically hear all the “sassy black woman” comments during the juicy scenes. However, sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered. Some predictable and cliched mess you can make fun of at the very least. If you want to watch something more serious and sturdy, check out Fatal Attraction or The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Now those are some really good thrillers who executed this concept with style.
Derek Charles has got it all. Good job, a beautiful wife, and loads of money. However, when the company hires a new temp, Lisa Sheridan, things will start to get complicated. Lisa will soon start thinking that Derek wants to have sex with her, although those are not his intentions. Or are they?
It’s a strange situation, to be married to Beyonce and have women going crazy over you. This aspect is the thing that intrigued me the most since I can confidently say that the odds of me being in that triangle are pretty slim. And when I say slim, I mean non-existent. So, Obsessed also works as this zany comedy, where we are watching Idris fighting off Ali’s advances when in the real world, the situation would be the other way around.
Oddly enough, Obsessed is full of these quite amusing and unintentionally hilarious scenes. From cringe-worthy husband-wife routines at the beginning of the movie to later interactions between Idris and Ali, it all works as this strange mixture of predictability, strange acting, and atmosphere that seems to be breaking constantly. Also, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why there’s no nudity. I mean, it’s such an easy gimmick that would have added a lot more spice to this pretty timid story. A story about sexual attraction, mind you. So, whether you’re looking for something to space out or to make fun of, this movie’s got you covered. Enjoy.
Director: Steve Shill
Writer: David Loughery
Cast: Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, Ali Larter, Jerry O’Connell, Bruce McGill, Bonnie Perlman
Fun Facts: The condition Lisa (Ali Larter) suffers from is erotomania. It’s characterized by the delusional belief that one is loved by another person of, generally of a higher social status.