(Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton, Barry Sloane, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm)
Overview: Sara Taylor (Monaghan), a photojournalist blinded in Irag, is forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with Hollander (Keaton) and his brutal accomplice Chad (Sloane) - two men who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
DVD Verdict: The tag line is, 'Some secrets are better left unseen,' and as this "work of art" has been on the shelf for three years, and had a massive title change overall, well, one assumes that the people behind it think exactly the same way!
Not that we've not seen, if you pardon the pun, the whole blind person has to evade capture/death from visually perfect assailant, but Keaton does at least always bring a certain amount of underlying menace to his darker roles ie: 'Pacific Heights.'
It's New Year's Eve in New York City and everyone's getting ready to party. Watching, waiting, a man called Hollander has a different kind of party in mind. Alone in her high-rise apartment, Sara has no idea that her boyfriend was a thief. But what he stole - and from whom - is about to put her life on the line.
Trapped in the penthouse with Hollander and his sadistic partner, these two will kill, maim, tear the place apart to find a fortune in diamonds. While the party rages outside, inside Sara fights desperately for her life. It's kill or be killed in a pulse-pounding , non-stop fight to the finish - a fight that ends really badly for one, or two people involved!
Originally titled 'Penthouse North,' and actually an updated remake of 'Wait Until Dark,' it is such a low budget B grade film, despite the presence of Keaton. It's not all bad, the storyline, as mentioned, has been done many times before, and better, but it's truly the horribly bad CGI that lets everything down here. I mean, that backdrop of New York is just, well, horrible! The script is at best functional, at worse lame, but the acting at least on a par for the budget. Sadly, Monaghan never even once convinced me that she was blind.
That all said, if large amounts of unrealistic moments bother you, skip this film. But being that it's a direct-to-DVD movie, I'd ask you to cut it some slack - and sit back ad enjoy with a bowl of popcorn and a couple of beers. For it will all go down a lot smoother that way, trust me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.