Secret Obsession - Marginally better than your typical psychological thriller.

Photography: Secret Obsession

Photography: Secret Obsession

There comes a time in every movie watchers life where they leave their standards behind and hope for the best.

Secret Obsession stars Brenda Song, as Jennifer Williams, Mike Vogel, as Russell and Dennis Haysbert, as Detective Frank Page. This trio could be one of the cheesiest trios of all time, yet, I have seen a lot cheesier & to be completely honest, they all did well enough for me not to criticize their performances in the slightest.

Secret Obsession is about a recovering trauma patient who struggles to remember the past, but all whilst being in danger. This newcomer to Netflix doesn’t mess around when it comes to progressing the story. It’s around 1 hour and 40 minutes long, so it’s a perfect run-time for a movie of this budget and caliber.

I can’t recall watching a movie that had the same plot as Secret Obsession, which I suppose awards itself with an original story, but it did remind me of a few relatively similar watches from the past & the cliche check boxes were most certainly ticked.

Despite all the usual tricks from a movie in this category, Secret Obsession did offer some thrill, elements of danger, tensity and the momentum carried through from start to finish. It didn’t feel slow, boring or particularly 'cheap’. I also didn’t have any underwhelming feelings of doubt that I would usually get from a movie like this where ‘bailing out’ is on the brain. I was interested to see what was going to happen to everybody involved.

Unfortunately, as it seems to be the case with most movies in this genre, you’re always sitting there thinking ‘‘run!’’ and ‘‘this is your chance to escape!’’, but they never do. For some irrational reason the person or people who are in danger can never help themselves and continue to go back, or, hang around within the area that presents the most threat to themselves. It’s what I like to call a ‘shake your head in disapproval’ moment. Some movies play on that to the point where you’re just itching to hit the ‘off’ button or completely voice your opinion while it’s happening, like ‘‘oh, come on!’’ and ‘‘really!??’’, but if there are other people watching, especially if you’re in a cinema, then it’s probably not such a good idea. Luckily, there isn’t too many moments like that in Secret Obsession, but the fact they added a few was inevitable. Perhaps one day the recipe will change?

Secret Obsession is not a movie I’m ever going to remember, yet, if it was, I would be confused, because despite it’s best efforts, there isn’t much of a story to tell. Therefore, it’s exactly what I was expecting & even though it’s not one I will aim to watch again in the future, it certainly filled a hole and by that I mean a Friday night with nothing else to watch. Secret Obsession is marginally better than most in this genre (there’s a lot of terrible movies out there, believe me!), but it’s by no means anything to write home about, nor is it really worth telling your friends about, but it is worth a watch if you’re struggling to find something and you’re after a flick that offers some form of excitement. I think Peter Sullivan, the director, has done the best he could with the material/story he had and he’s certainly not done himself a disservice. If anything, I think he walked away proud with what he had mustered & I can’t say I disagree.

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