Overall Rating: 2/5
October 7, 2016
Dir. Tate Taylor
Rated R (for violence, sexual content, language and nudity)
Having read the book of the same name on which this film is based, I can say that it did a good job of adapting the book. In fact, it followed the book to a fault. However, the book was poorly written, and I think the adapted version actually came out better…just barely.
In case you didn’t know, this is a mystery thriller. So I won’t be discussing any plot details. While contrived, the story is unique and melodramatic enough to pique most viewers’ interests. Most will make it through the entirety of the film, if for no other reason than to see how this soap opera-esque story folds out. This is one of two primary redeeming qualities the film possesses. The other being that the ending itself, while perhaps predictable to some, serves as a satisfying conclusion to a taut thriller. This kind of wrap-up is what many thrillers struggle with, so it deserves some credit for that.
In conclusion, I only recommend this to those of you who may seek out these types of mystery films already. Otherwise, you will probably want to spend your time watching something else.