Dead Easy Release Date: 2004 Genre: Thriller Director(s): Neal Sundstorm (Space Mutiny, Howling V: The Rebirth, Slash) Writer(s): Neal Sundstrom & Mark Lebenon Starring: Richard Grieco, Joanna Pacula, Thandi Puren, Langley Kirkwood They love me, they love me not. I don’t know what it was about Dead Easy, but for the first forty-five minutes I […]

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Dead Easy
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Neal Sundstorm (Space Mutiny, Howling V: The Rebirth, Slash)
Writer(s): Neal Sundstrom & Mark Lebenon
Starring: Richard Grieco, Joanna Pacula, Thandi Puren, Langley Kirkwood

They love me, they love me not.

I don’t know what it was about Dead Easy, but for the first forty-five minutes I was hooked. I absolutely loved what was going on, despite the back of my mind screaming about bad acting and contrived situations, and I couldn’t be happier. There was something about the cinematography that I just dug, and Grieco’s hair was so out of control that I couldn’t help but smile.

As is often the rule, eventually all good things come to an end. My euphoria could not escape that old saying. Once the second act wrapped up and we eventually went into the Wild Things inspired finale, I was tired of the movie.

It’s a basic story with a nice twist that never really delivers. The rich Simon (Grieco) wants to divorce his wife (Pacula) so he can be with his mistress. He hires a private detective to get the lowdown on her cheating ways, and the snooping comes with a special offer. If Simon wants his wife killed, all he has to do is dial the number on an index card, and the job will soon enough be finished. And of course, $250,00 is needed immediately afterward.

After Simon has a fight with his wife, who one-ups him by presenting a tape of him cheating on her, a pill and alcohol-induced haze leads him to call the number. He immediately realizes he was wrong, but calls to the number go unanswered. The next morning his wife is missing, and the eccentric detective assigned to the case soon begins to doubt Simon’s innocence. Simon’s mind continues to be clouded by both the detective and the mysterious P.I., who appears to actually be a serial killer that enjoys leaving his victims alive for long periods of time before doing them in.

It’s not a terrible film, as there are a lot of elements that connected with me, but there’s a heavy amount of material that jarred me.

DVD: Barebones.

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