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Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter, Idris Elba, Jerry O'Connell, Christine Lahti

Rated: PG-13 sexual material, suggestive dialogue, thematic content and some violence
Reviewed by: Nina  
Release date: April 24, 2009 Released by: Sony Pictures

Obsessed is a good movie, if not a bit predictable, with good action and suspense and a few unexpected twists that kept you watching. Beyonce Knowles seems to be getting good roles and expanding her range, but her believability is a little shaky and she is still just “reacting” and not making you believe that she’s really mad or happy or scared.

It’s a good storyline, the old “is the husband cheating” game and the actors do portray their characters well but they are a bit choppy. From the start you truly believe the calculating nature of the other woman, played convincingly by Ali Larter. You believe she’s crazy, and you believe she’s manipulating the situations that put her in the right place for her scheme. You don’t know WHY she’s doing it but I guess you don’t really need a reason to know why because it’s fun to watch.

You feel for the husband, also convincingly played by Idris Elba, and you feel sorry for him when you realize he should have told the truth when he had the chance. He is put in a compromising position at the Christmas Party and at the executive getaway by this “temp” who is under the impression they are involved even though he tells her over and over again that they are not. She is just not hearing it.

The detective, played smartly by Christine Lahti, catches on fast and is not fooled. She lends a little tension to the “thriller” but once her part is finished it’s all Beyonce. She looks good in her fashionable heels and clothes and when her child is threatened, you get a chance to see how dangerous she can be! There is a great fight scene where she holds her own and you do cheer for her to come out on top. The ending is a little bland but overall it’s a good watcher. Buy popcorn – it’s worth it for this one!

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