Secret Obsession, now streaming on Netflix, made me marvel in earnest how arduous it will be to fake to be somebody’s partner. That it prompted such a darkish prepare of thought (to be clear, whats up FBI, I would by no means do that) has much less to do with how frequent the trope is (Earlier than I Go to Sleep, Overboard) and extra to do with the best way that films that don’t have a lot going for them will typically invite quite a lot of additional thought on seemingly key questions they fail to deal with.
That is additionally true of, say, the brand new Lion King, which, by way of having been transformed into one thing of a slog, invitations new inspection of whether or not or not Simba and Nala are literally associated, amongst different issues. Within the case of Secret Obsession which, as you could have guessed, is a psychological thriller by which a lady, struggling quick time period reminiscence loss after an accident, begins to comprehend that the life she believes to be hers is probably not all that it appears.
Directed by Peter Sullivan, Secret Obsession does just about precisely what you count on it to, and presumably what you need it to, in the event you watched the temporary preview clip whereas searching Netflix after which determined that, sure, you would prefer to hit play. Because the movie opens, Jennifer (Brenda Music) is seen fleeing an unseen assailant in the midst of the night time, solely to be hit by a automotive when she runs into the road. On the hospital, her loving husband Russell (Mike Vogel) seems, caring for her till she’s able to proceed her convalescence at their conveniently secluded, out-of-the-reach-of-cell-service dwelling.
As time passes, nevertheless, clues appear to recommend that Russell isn’t precisely who he says he’s. The funniest of those are poorly photoshopped pictures, which, in another film, would simply be accepted for what they’re. In fact these actors aren’t married — why trouble taking actual pictures when just a few can simply be photoshopped collectively? In Secret Obsession, nevertheless, they’re a pivotal clue, as a slip in one of many pictures round the home is likely one of the issues that alerts Jennifer to one thing being incorrect.
The remainder of the movie unfolds precisely the way you’d count on — the one factor coming even near being a wild card is Dennis Haybert’s hapless detective, Frank Web page, whose thirst for justice has grow to be all-consuming ever since he failed to seek out his younger daughter’s kidnapper. Now, he pours himself into his circumstances, whereas conserving containers of unopened presents for his deceased daughter in his closet. He’s simply the strangest (and thereby most attention-grabbing) a part of the movie — he makes use of his daughter’s former unicorn mild as a flashlight, as an illustration — although, regrettably, he’s not on condition that a lot room to mess around.
At any time when he’s not on-screen, it’s arduous to not return to that query: How arduous would it not be, actually, to tug off this sort of crime? (Once more, I wouldn’t do that, and also you also needs to not do that. “The lady doth protest too loudly,” you may say. Truthful, however significantly, I wouldn’t.) So far as Secret Obsession is worried, it appears to be fairly straightforward, other than a little bit homicide. All it appears to require is a little bit talent with Photoshop and remembering that you simply now must reply to a unique identify.
There’s so little to essentially chew on in Secret Obsession that, except you’re watching it whereas finishing another chore, you’ll end up pondering the identical query. There’s some rumination on the stereotypical “nice guy” and poisonous masculinity, nevertheless it’s much less efficient when the person in query is most definitely a assassin, and when the identical themes have been carried out so many occasions earlier than, and a lot extra successfully. General, it’s unremarkable — at the same time as a jumping-off level for a morbid thought train.