Beyoncé Knowles may have star billing in this Fatal Attraction upgrade, but it’s not her who goes ‘Crazy in Love’ in Obsessed. Steve Shill’s glossy but vacuous drama features Final Destination star Ali Larter unleashing her inner bunny boiler alter ego as Lisa. She is a delusional temp who takes an unwarranted fancy to hedge-fund manager Derek (Idris Elba), the office flirt and potentially errant husband of Sharon (Knowles).
‘That girl is no temp, she’s a temptress,’ someone in Derek’s office accurately observes, and soon Lisa is working her way through the modern seduction handbook, including the casual use of a date rape drug to immobilise poor Derek while she does the nasty.
Knowles sits out most of Obsessed’s languid opening hour, safe in the knowledge that she and Larter will soon be expressing their primal rivalry in a no-holds-barred Russ Meyer-style catfight. That Derek never consciously cheats on his wife is a measure of the hidden shallows of David Lowry’s one-note script, focused solely on portraying a single woman as a hate figure, yet somehow expressing Sharon’s nihilism by picturing her enjoying Estelle’s tuneful ‘American Boy’. Offering a pop soundtrack in lieu of psychological complexity, Obsessed is as slick, sick and empty as mainstream cinema gets.
General release from Fri 29 May.