Like a pebble that falls into the sea and becomes a tsunami Michael Early as Derick is caught up in one incident in Los Vegas that grabs him and won’t let go.
Similar to Michael Douglas in Fatal Attraction who is pulled into a whirlwind by Glenn Close after a one night stand. Here, Hilary Swank as Detective Valerie Quinlan cannot bring the attracting power that Close did. Michael Ealy is Derrick the man in the middle of a swirling series of deaths, threats and disloyalty.
Derrick is a very successful athletic player manager, he lives on Mulhallan Drive the scenic wealthy location that looks down on the city of Los Angeles and he is married to a successful woman played with an edge by Damaris Lewis. He has been dedicated to his work since escaping trouble as a teen and is now trusted by pro-athletes who sign with him for a percent of their salary which is very lucrative.
Derick drives a handmade sports car, lives well and loves his wife, but finds her more stand offish than before. His partner played by Mike Colter who wants to sell the business suggests he should take a day and go to a bachelor party in Las Vegas where he meets Valerie and spends the night with her. At the same time we meet cousin Tyrin played by Tyrin Turner who has remained in the gangs of his youth and is supported by Derick. The two are always loyal to each other.
Back in LA one evening Derick’s home in invaded which leads Detective Valerie Quinlan to visit him and they both quietly remember the night in Vegas. Valerie is in a fight for custody of her daughter with a prominent city elected official who she hates. She is obsessed by that situation.
All the characters are thrown into a mix as the story leads to unfaithfulness, murder, murder, and murder. Derick is at the center and the connector to all the dead people.
The heart of the film is carried by the knowledge, and cunning of Valerie who would like to rid herself of her former husband by pulling Derrick into her trap. Could this be like Strangers on a Train?
The twists and turns are obvious at times but come at surprising points during the story. When they occur they are powerful and embellished by a fine musical score by Geoff Zanelli.
Derick’s one indiscretion multiples into a tsunami of death all around him which keeps our attention as we wonder will he survive that one affair.