Director: John Crowley
Writer: Steven Knight (screenplay)
Stars: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent
With a title like this, you’d expect closed circuit TV would play strongly in the narrative…and you’d be wrong. The title could have been “Paranoia,” but that movie’s already in town. Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall play the attorneys for a man who’s been accused of a terrorist bombing in London, but there’s more to his defense that it seems. Unfortunately, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. While it’s interesting to watch it unfold and the performances are good, the suspense is not existent. Adding a few angles shot from surveillance cameras doesn’t make it original enough to be memorable.
GAY ANGLE: Bana is still sexy, but always clothed.
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen
With supernatural killers like Jason, you allow for reality to be questioned, but with reality-based baddies you expect a certain logic. That was the biggest problem with this film: so much of it didn’t make sense. The home-invasion scenario has an adult family gathered in the country to celebrate their parents anniversary. One by one they’re dispatched with quick brutality by men in dumb animal masks. The action isn’t especially original, the scares are basic and there’s almost no suspense. If I’d been able to forget about the stupid lapses in reason, it might have been more gripping. “The Purge” did it better.
GAY ANGLE: What kind of suspense film has no cute men to root for?
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.