Thursday, February 27, 2014

Coffin Rock - Review - @BrandonCSites

Coffin Rock (2009) **
D: Rupert Glasson
C: Lisa Chappell, Sam Parsonson, Robert Taylor, Terry Camilleri, Geoff Morrell, Joseph Del Re, Jodie Dry, Guy O'Donnell, Peter Green

Plot Synopsis: A housewife finds her world turned upside down when she finds herself pregnant after having a one night stand with a young boy during a moment of weakness. Her potentially infertile husband is unaware thinking he is the father. As her pregnancy commences and she finds herself buried in a web of lies, her one time suitor reveals himself to be a stalker that is dangerously obsessed with her. 

Review: Coffin Rock is an Australian produced variation on Fatal Attraction with the roles reversed. Over time, I've come to accept that there is going to be at least a dozen films produced each year that are in this vein. And each year, each of these films continue to get worse. And Coffin Rock is no exception.

This one is done in by poorly written characters. Pretty much everyone is defined by one single characteristic. The husband character (played by Robert Taylor) is potentially infertile and that makes him feel sad. The wife character (played by Lisa Chappell) is at odds that her husband is potentially infertile. And the film's antagonist, has a dangerously obsessive crush on our main heroine and is prone to fits of rage. That's it for character development! 

This is all the more frustrating, because Coffin Rock happens to be well photographed with solid performances from its three lead actors. However, it is young Sam Parsonson who especially stands out fully committing to playing this bonkers, off the wall character. He has an energy, a rawness, a magnetism to his acting that makes him stand out. He doesn't try to dress up his character and make him pretty. He gets dirty and makes this psychopath seem like a real, living breathing person.

Parsonson seems like the type of actor that tries to figure out the various facets to his character in order to bring him to life. I wish that Coffin Rock had token this approach to the material; that they had tried to bring something with more depth and more nuance to what it is that they wrote. Coffin Rock skimps on the character development in order to stick to well established formulas and plays it all a bit too safe. And as most of us know, when you play it safe, everything is a bit bland, boring and vanilla. Coffin Rock's attempts to play it safe are no exception. [Not Rated] 92 mins.


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