Suspicious River

"Terrible"

Suspicious River Review


You'll have trouble tracking down a more unwatchable movie this year than Suspicious River, which both firmly installs Molly Parker as the unequivocal goddess of freak-out not-quite-porn movies and will have you wondering just how bad a script has to be in order to get a movie made.

Director Lynne Stopkewich last worked with Parker on the film Kissed, which offered Parker as a mortuary embalmer who had sex with her dead clients. Here she's strictly having sex with the living. She's a receptionist at a seedy motel -- and she's the reason it's seedy. You pay $60 for the room. Then you pay $60 for her to come round and give you oral sex.

Before long, she gets a client (Callum Keith Rennie) that realizes this behavior is a bit, er, irregular, and figures he can take advantage of her. Soon enough, he's visiting her regularly, alternately forcing sex upon her and beating her up. She keeps coming back for more, culminating in kidnapping, a gang rape, and a plan to set her on fire. Will she accept her fate or actually make an effort to escape?

Meanwhile, she's visited by a little girl with a secret you'll figure out before the end... something that might have to do with the reason why Parker's character is a super-freak.

Whatever you might have thought about Kissed, Suspicious River is far worse. The underlying reason for Parker's character's freakiness is ultimately unsatisfying and, more to the point, insulting. Rennie, who has built a mini-career on playing brooding and disturbed semi-hicks like this, is unwatchable as he mutters his awful lines. Both of them come across as losers (just of a different ilk), so in a sense we feel they deserve each other. But watching this descent into resignation and hopelessness is a bit like spending 100 minutes watching a terminally ill person slip away. Sure, Stopkewich's film, like the worth of Catherine Breillat, isn't meant to feel good -- in any way -- but its utter lack of any redeeming qualities in storytelling, acting, or theme means you'll want to think twice before checking out this title.



Suspicious River

Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 8th August 2001

Distributed by: Motion International

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Leila Murray, as Gary Jensen

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded...

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

British writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) is an expert at digging beneath the...

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored...

The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby Movie Review

There isn't a lot of subtlety in this madcap animated comedy, which is more aimed...

Advertisement
City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex...

Going in Style Movie Review

Going in Style Movie Review

This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George...

Graduation Movie Review

Graduation Movie Review

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) recounts another staggeringly detailed...

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

This sci-fi thriller is so visually stunning that it deserves to be mentioned in the...

Free Fire Movie Review

Free Fire Movie Review

Basically a 90-minute shoot-out, there isn't a lot to this movie. British filmmaker Ben Wheatley...

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.