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4Closed | ForeClosed
9 August 2013
The house invasion (Horror) sub-genre never fails to churn out half a dozen quickies every year, no matter what the quality of the film’s formula. Usually these offer up a family or a couple with inner problems within their sanctum that are pitted against a crazed madman or group as unhinged as a dog with rabies. The victims are then forced to put aside their issues and work together to survive.
Foreclosed is much of the same, yet its trailer, cleverly cut, provides solid performances from the onset and promises an explosive pre-credit final. Boy, oh boy, are Lifetime Television clever, hats off to trailer quality control.
Foreclosed, directed by Nick Lyon (Rise of The Zombies), from a screenplay by Geoff Meed (Wonder Woman), follows the Turner family, who have relocated to start afresh. James Denton (Desperate Housewives) plays Jake, a recovering alcoholic, who’s turned his life around for the good of his family. Marlee Matlin (The L Word) plays his wife, Ally, who wears the trousers in the relationship, as is established from the outset when she admits the property will only be in her name. And then we have Alex Frnka (LA to Vegas) playing the pouty Christine. Besides portraying the Turners’ daughter, Frnka’s character has little depth and can be summarised as a stock factory pawn in Foreclosed’s proceedings, and a generic one at that.
Jamie Kennedy (Scream), on the other hand, offers you your bang for your buck in the 1hr and 30 min running time – well he does partly. Kennedy plays the former occupant, Forrest Hayes, who won’t let go of the property. Following his eviction Hayes returns to the house at the dead of night and resides in the
bunker his father built, unbeknown to the Turners. He gradually tears the family apart from within their home, eventually taking Christine and Ally hostage after rigging the house with explosives for the limp finale.
As I mentioned earlier, the home invasion genre generally plays by numbers and Foreclosed is one of the worst offenders. No sooner do we approach the 40 minute mark than the movie tails off, running entirely out of steam. Hayes forgets what was originally driving his motivation and takes a U-turn, deciding instead to simply blow up the house with the family inside, which demolishes the film’s only foundations. Matlin forgets she’s being paid to act and Denton might as well have called his lines in. He shows little enthusiasm throughout his screen time, making you wonder why the hell he even bothered turning up for work. My guess is he had an overdue car payment to make!
Foreclosed looked from the trailer like it could have been reliable entertainment, but sadly it went south at an accelerated rate. The mildly hokey plot could have held up to scrutiny had the director bothered to try to keep things interesting, but no sooner has Kennedy’s character moved in with the family than the creepy electronic genius persona becomes tiring almost instantly. The more disturbing elements that are slowly simmering in the background get forgotten about and the CGI final reminds you why less is often more. Stop with the CGI already!
Had the team behind Foreclosed had more discipline with keeping the film on track instead of tossing everything into one pot and hoping for the best, Foreclosed could have turned out to be a decent suspenseful popcorn flick. The central issue of a bland middle-aged man with an unhealthy obsession with the childhood home that’s taken away from him is an interesting touch, but as the film develops and Hayes becomes more dangerous and hostile, it becomes increasingly intolerable because of its one-note plot device.
Overall, Foreclosed is ploddingly obvious and poorly executed, with little payoff. It has illogical plot turns and a third act that betrays the film’s initial setup. Avoid at all costs unless you’re a sucker for Jamie Kennedy!
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