Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Movie with Abe: The Perfect Host (Capsule Review)

The Perfect Host
Directed by Nick Tomnay
Released July 1, 2011

This is one film where discussing its merits and demerits without giving away any of the plot details is extremely difficult. What can be said is that its first half hour is absolutely fascinating, as John (Clayne Crawford) limps away with a bleeding foot from a bank robbery and talks his way into the home of the welcoming Warwick (David Hyde Pierce), who is in the midst of preparing for a dinner party. As the night goes on, much surprising information is revealed about both men. In trying to one-up itself, “The Perfect Host” incorporates too many twists that detract from the film’s credibility and enjoyment. The effort put into each new turn in the story feels forced and too incredible. It’s reminiscent of 2007’s messy “Sleuth” starring Michael Caine and Jude Law, starting off from a higher point but becoming so frustratingly inconsistent by its midpoint. Commendation is certainly due to star David Hyde Pierce, who puts an extraordinary amount of care and delicacy into crafting his character. It’s not his fault that his character becomes so unbelievable that it’s impossible to take him seriously by film’s end.


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