Thursday, December 04, 2008

While She Was Out Falls Flat

Della Myers is a lonely housewife raising two children on her own while neglecting her own personal appearance. An abusive husband demands Myers take better care of the house and herself, but Myers appears to be suffering from an anxiety disorder and does not comply (Trailer).

Myers leaves her quiet home in a gated community for the local mall in the middle of Christmas. It is here that Della unleashes her rage and places a small note on a large car rebuking the owner for taking up two spaces in a busy parking lot. Mayhem ensues as the owner of the car decides to take revenge on this timid housewife (Trailer).

Director: Susan Montford.

Release Date: December 12, 2008.

Starring: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Jamie Starr, and Leonard Wu.

Rating: Likely a PG-13.

One thing that this reviewer is noticing is that if a movie does not start out right off with a good action scene, major plot development, or story reveal early then the film is likely going to be a long, boring ride to dullsville. This is not always the case, but in "While She was Out," it is definitely true. The first twenty minutes of the film are completely pointless and do not build any intensity in the film. As well, the writer or director creates plastic cut-outs characters, initially who do not develop the story. However, an initial dialogue between the stereotypical abusive husband and a cowering, somewhat lazy housewife is good for some laughs.

If viewers can sit through the first twenty minutes of boredom then the story does amp up a little, yet the main character has less than three lines of dialogue in the first hour of the film. Some of the death scenes are gorey, and nicely done but there is little fighting in the film as the characters once under attack allow the main female actress to kill them outright. Character background, development of story, and a plot are necessary to give a film an entertaining quality, none of characteristics can be found in "While She Was Out," or any scares.

It is not the point of this review to totally turn audiences away from this film as some good cat-and-mouse scenes do unfold and 10 seconds of the ending is exciting, but the DVD/Blu-Ray disc of "While She Was Out," might serve better purpose as a drink coaster than for placing in your DVD/Blu-Ray player.

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Anonymous said...

Sad sad censor