Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. ...
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Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Paul offers Jack a place to stay-and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end.
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'You're finally starting to show some imagination.'
Director/actor Brian Goodman ('Catch Me If You Can', 'Blow', 'What Doesn't Kill You, etc) directs this surprising thriller with aplomb. The film is a re-make of the French film 'Papillon Noir' as adapted for the English version by arc Frydman and Justin Stanley. It is a gripping suspense film with a terrific twist at the end that few if any will see coming.
Paul (Antonio Banderas), a lonely, reclusive alcoholic, down-on-his-luck, divorced screenwriter, who after a tense encounter at a diner invites Jack (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) a mysterious vagabond, to stay at his woodland home while a serial killer preys on young women in the area. The demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one- upsmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end. Paul's realtor (Piper Perabo) makes a few appearances, enough to establish her role in the surprising climax. In many ways the story centers on writer's bloc as well as trusting outsiders and the mixture makes a very fine film.
The ending is a bit long in the tooth but the shock of the conclusion makes up for all flaws. Banderas and Rhys Myers are very fine in these very strange roles.
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