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Reasonably likable, if somewhat meh horror thriller
I watched this one with pretty low expectations and am glad to say that it slightly surpassed them, although it still isn't terribly impressive. It sits pretty nicely alongside the various films of this type that wash up on the Sci Fi Channel, with the advantage that it isn't a creature feature with awful effects or some lamebrained made for TV rubbish. The plot has an amnesiac mental patient receiving an experimental drug treatment to help him recall his past, before escaping and winding up helping a teenage boy with a problem. It doesn't sound like much, but stir in a bit of gore, some nice effects and the overall good quality acting and it becomes an easygoing and pleasant, if never particularly great time. The amnesiac hero is played well by Reed Diamond, he carries of the blankness of the role well, has a sympathetic edge and also, throughout the film kept reminding me of Robert Burke (Dust Devil, Robocop 3). Indeed, I was a bit surprised when I read at the end that it wasn't Robert Burke. Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Vanderkamp from Desperate Housewives) does a good job as the teenager, his role is likable enough, if a tad clichéd and his performance was solid. Unusually, the film has a good role for Lucy Lawless as an alcoholic mother, I never thought she had any real talent but she was quite impressive. Rounding things out is Greg Grunberg as a stepfather and he does well enough though his role is underwritten. Though I didn't see the end twist coming, the film is largely predictable, offering up fun moments but no real thrills. The writing isn't too deep and there are some aspects that should have been explored further but the biggest problem is that the film is just too easy. Even though the course of the story is predictable, it could have scored more points by putting the characters through more of a wringer, but it doesn't really bother, not even at the end. This has the result of condemning the film to be nothing more than a pleasant time and one I suspect that won't be too memorable for anyone. Still, it zips along, fits its fairly short (83 odd minutes) run time well and has a few bright spots. So, its maybe worth a watch if you have the time spare, though its not something to go out of your way to see.
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