Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Movie review: Zipper

Sam is a successful attorney with his career on the fast-track and a wonderful family. Researching escort services as part of a case it doesn't take long before Sam becomes a repeat client with a growing obsession for women that he must hide if he doesn't want his life to change.

Patrick Wilson (Sam), Lena Headey (Jeannie), Ray Winstone (Coaker), Richard Dreyfuss (George), John Cho (EJ), Dianna Agron (Dalia), Christopher McDonald (Peter), Alexandra Breckenridge (Christy).

Zipper begins well as we are introduced to Sam and his life. Once the introductions are complete and we have the big picture, Sam begins interacting with escorts and his decline into an obsession with lust begins. What we see next is the downward spiral of Sam's life as he tries to hold things together. The film finally concludes with what could hardly be called an ending as nothing had changed for Sam.

Acting was okay with Wilson fitting his role well and delivering nicely. Headey was enjoyable with solid emotion and apparent good fit with Wilson. Dreyfuss was interesting though I almost didn't recognize him at first. Winstone, Agron, and the remainder of the supporting cast felt solid, experienced, and delivered nicely.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with a realistic and solid feel. The few action scenes were mild but nicely done. Dialogue was nicely done here with good depth and detail that did a nice job of fleshing out the plot and keeping things moving. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Once the clean sheets are back on the bed Zipper is revealed to be a decent drama despite a somewhat persistent lack of energy and a connection to the characters that is never realized. As a result we walked away from this film feeling like nothing much happened.

With extensive nudity and sexuality, foul language, and brief drug use save this one for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 3.7.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Drama, Independent Drama, Thriller, Independent Thriller

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