(Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm)
Overview: A jilted fan soon finds himself pulled into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse after he accepts the opportunity to spy on his favorite actress via his laptop.
DVD Verdict: In truth, I watched writer/director Nacho Vigalondo's 'Timecrimes' a few years ago and was very impressed by the film generally, but especially by the unabashed ambition and imagination on display in what was a first feature-length effort. 'Open Windows' demonstrates that Vigalondo's ambition and imagination is undiminished, but he could do with a little more restraint.,P>
The set-up has echoes of 'Rear Window' and 'Phone Booth,' as Elijah Wood's super-fan Nick (a supposed competition-winner in town for a meeting with his favorite actress) finds himself let down. The curiously London-accented "campaign manager" for said actress (equally curiously named Chord) gets in touch, but evidently has motives of his own as he begins to manipulate Nick.
The situation gets increasingly disturbing as the suspiciously tech-savvy Chord continuously ups the ante. To summarize the plot from here would take as long as the film given the density of events and twists, but overall the story gets progressively more bonkers and convoluted before careering off the road in admittedly entertaining fashion.
Vigalondo might be too imaginative for his own good at times, and I'd class 'Open Windows' as a noble failure, but it's entertaining nonetheless. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
The Making of Open Windows
Visual Effects Reel