I'm a huge fan of character-focused thrillers which take their time, before delivering the requisite story "explosions," building up the characters layer by layer into dimensional people we can actually care about. Think A. J. Finn's superb The Woman in the Window or Lucy Foley's The Guest List. These skillful writers knew to take their sweet time creating characters with secret (and not so secret) pain in their hearts and then placing them in extraordinarily terrifying, pressurized circumstances which culminate in an explosive final act we've both dreaded and hungered to see. Wired Shut is solidly in this fabulous tradition. I believe a brilliant novel could be written based on this movie! (Ask Quentin Tarantino why on earth anyone would write a novel based on his own successful film.) The father/daughter dynamic presented in Wired Shut is deeply touching and compelling to anyone who understands the many ways such relationships can fail and turn morbid and then even deadly. A wayward daughter showing up on a struggling, once-famous author's doorstep one night seems like an opportunity for reconciliation. But is that coldness or pain we glimpse in her eyes when she regards her dad? Is her father ashamed of the hurt he has selfishly lashed her with? Or is there something new he senses in her enigmatic soul, coiled like an angry Water Moccasin, ready to pierce his aching heart? Alexander Sharp, with startling visuals and highly conscious tonal shifts and masterful hanging pauses, leads us through a twisting labyrinth, confined within a glass-walled mountain aerie straight from the realm of our nightmares. Watch Wired Shut with patience and I promise you will be rewarded. Mr. Elliott's writing is laconic and full of alarming turns. He demonstrates admirable control over the dark laughter he unexpectedly wrings from his characters, especially from Behtash Fazlali. Mr. Sharp's direction is confident and highly conscious of the visual themes and rhythms he has discovered in his terrific material. Wired Shut is a stand-out first film which deserves our full attention.