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Blindsided (2013)

Penthouse North (original title)
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A reclusive, blind photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life.

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Joseph Ruben

Writer:

David Loughery
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michelle Monaghan ... Sara
Michael Keaton ... Hollander
Barry Sloane ... Chad
Andrew W. Walker ... Ryan (as Andrew Walker)
Kaniehtiio Horn ... Blake (as Tiio Horn)
Trevor Hayes Trevor Hayes ... Danny
Phillip Jarrett ... Antonio
Timothy Paul Coderre ... US Army Sargent
Olivier Surprenant ... Slacker Boy
Jasmine Chan Jasmine Chan ... Slacker Girl
Lindsey Reeves-Whit Lindsey Reeves-Whit ... Kabul Woman in Burka
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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 - and it all takes place in Penthouse North. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violent content, bloody images, and language. | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blindsided See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This movie is being offered on Netflix under the alternate title "Blindsided". See more »

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Blood in large quantities has a strong metallic odor. The blind have heightened senses, so Sara would have noticed the smell of such a large pool of blood long before she stepped in it. Similarly, she would be able to detect the scent of an intruder, especially due to how close he was to her. She later said she smelled the men that were in her apartment. See more »

Quotes

Hollander: [on the diamonds] I wish you could see them... they're beautiful.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Bullsh*t
By Umi NiiLampti
Performed by Umi
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Slick little thriller. Benefits greatly from Michael Keaton

Penthouse North is a vicious little 90's inspired slice of thriller fun, which sadly seems to have gained zero marketing and promotion, so unless it catches your eye on US Netflix or Shaw On Demand (which is where I watched it), you'll probably never even know you missed it. It's nothing groundbreaking, and sometimes is very predictable, but as I found myself calling plot twists on the dime, and figuring out story beats before they happened, I didn't find myself frustrated or feeling cheated out. I got a burst of nostalgia for the 80's/90's time period when these type of thrillers were in full bloom. Michelle Monaghan throws herself into the role of Sara, an ex-war photojournalist who was blinded in an incident. She lives in an ornate NYC penthouse with her boyfriend now, only just beginning to adjust to her new condition and emerge from reclusiveness. On New Year's Eve, that auspicious time of year that buzzes with possibility, trouble comes knocking in the form of homicidal criminals in search of something hidden within the apartment. We are then treated to the archetypal game of cat and mouse as she fights tooth and nail for her survival. The film benefits greatly from a frenzied performance from Michael Keaton as Hollander, the lead criminal and a real piece of work. Keaton rarely plays in the bad guy arena (check out Pacific Heights for a more restrained yet equally dastardly turn), but he's got a reptilian ferocity that's equally scary and amusing, sometimes both at once. His Hollander is a royal prick, and oodles of fun to watch. Mark Mancini composes a solid score of jangly apprehension, and the film makes great use of its setting, with several clammy moments that didn't sit well with my fear of heights. Good stuff.


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