Psychological Thriller ENGAGEMENT - On Demand TodayJune 19, 2012
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: ENGAGEMENT (FilmBuff).
Don’t trust anyone. Ever.
By Kate Asche Wilson
There are times in my life when I like to watch films that have big cheesy romantic endings. Then there are times when I enjoy to get mentally ruined by films that make me question my very existence, and leave me with an intense fear of mirrors. ENGAGEMENT is the later and is so subtly disturbing that by the end of the film...
you’ll be holding yourself in a corner while
questioning every relationship you’ve ever had.
If you’re in the mood for slow motion running, sweet embraces, and overly choreographed dance numbers turn back now. Seriously leave. I’m sure Step Up 16 will be hitting theatres soon. But if you frequently have brunch with Darren Aronofsky and have posters of Freddy Krueger in your room than this is the perfect film for you.
ENGAGEMENT, written and directed by Jon Lefkovitz, follows newly engaged Henry (Andrew Perez) as he discovers that his fiancée Carolyn (Erika Rankin) has an identical twin sister that she conveniently never told him about. When Carolyn leaves town for a few weeks to help her mother in New York, her sister Laura (played by Erika Rankin as well) temporarily moves in with Henry in his apartment in Los Angeles. It is obvious that Henry is sexually deprived so good call Carolyn having your slutty and psychotic other personality come to visit. That’s certainly going to work out well for everyone.
After hyperventilating for about ten minutes after this film ended I finally composed myself enough to group my thoughts into these three categories: The Good, The Bad, and The Horrifyingly Disturbing.
The subtlety in the writing. Every single word in this script has a purpose. I had to re watch it just to catch everything, and I still don’t know what exactly was real and what wasn’t. At first I believed the Carolyn/Laura was the psychotic one and wanted poor Henry to run like hell to escape her insanity.
But then there are moments where Henry is a creeper and watches Laura undress. Not to mention he is basically a serial loner whose friend Tony is the only other person he speaks to in the whole film. That is not normal Henry! Did you meet Carolyn online? This is not the type of thriller where you fear horrifying demons that lurk behind Patrick Wilson. This is the type of film that makes you question everything you ever thought was real. This is the type of film that makes me worry that I’m in a straight jacket somewhere creating an alternate reality for myself.
My nightmares. Jon Lefkovitz why did you do this to me? Seriously man did you have to implant in my subconscious that trusting anyone ever is a bad idea? Thanks for that. Now whenever I meet a nice guy I won’t think of his chiseled jawline and luscious locks ill think, hey, deep down he’s probably a raging psychopath that will propose to me and then hack me to death. Awesome.
The Horrifyingly Disturbing:
The mirrors. THE MIRRORS. Why do thrillers always decide the best thing to do is to make an object that we use everyday into the most horrifying thing in existence. I’m looking at you BLACK SWAN! ENGAGEMENT is no exception. With a low budget it’s always hard to make up for the usual thrilling CGI effects of horror films that make the audience pee their pants. You have to be a little more creative, and that is what ENGAGEMENT is able to do. Formidable hallways, rustling blinds, broken refrigerator noises, and that damn hat play on my psyche just as much as any computer-generated monster would. ENGAGEMENT has this great Hitchcockian REAR WINDOW vibe, and its subtlety is what truly makes it succeed as a thriller.
From poignant murder dreams to misplaced masturbation ENGAGEMENT is a film that twists and turns in every way imaginable. It constantly makes the audience question what is real, and what exactly has been created in the depths of the human mind.
Kate Asche Wilson is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. She is a graduate from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University where she received a BA in Screenwriting. In her spare time Kate likes to take long walks on the beach, and watch telenovelas. Follow her on Twitter @KATEDOESLIFE!
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