Blue Seduction
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Blue Seduction

One of the most difficult tasks that a film producer faces is to locate the proper venue for a film. There has always been a wide selection of niches to consider from mainstream theaters to the run down grind houses. Now the choices have become far more varied than ever with the inclusion of direct to video, niche specific cable networks and, most recently, the net. In the case of the flick ‘Blue Seduction’ the match was not properly made resulting in it coming across more like film school project than the intended genre of erotic thriller. There is too little gratuitous nudity to be considered for a late night Cinemax flick yet would require some content trimming to be broadcast in a Lifetime ‘Bad Girl’ marathon. It was originally done as an original cable movie under the Starz-Anchor Bay banner which is somewhat surprising since most of their movies come off far better than this one. It had a reported budget of $1.6 million which have gone farther up in Canada where it was filmed but there was little discernable to warrant even that extremely modest budget. The cast appeared to be sleep walking through much of the flick although it did come across that the director did put in an honest effort to make the movie visually interesting. Unfortunately not much else can be said in support of this movie. It did not muster sufficient momentum to make for a slow afternoon popcorn flick. Sometimes even the best marksman has a shot that goes completely wild not only missing the mark but fails to even find the target; this pretty much the case here.

The film was directed by Timothy Bond who does have a reasonably robust resume spanning both small films and television series. Most of his TV work has been with episodes of action oriented shows such as ‘Forever Knight’, ‘Mutant-X’ and ‘Star-Trek: TNG’. This does demonstrate the ability to proper flow a story. This particular film must have presented a challenge to Bond since proper pacing typically requires a coherent plot. In the case of this flick the story is a loose mélange culled from bits and pieces of far better crafted scripts. At the center of what would appear to be intended as the story is what people will do for that elusive quality known as fame. On one side is a musician, Mikey Taylor underplayed by an extremely disheveled Billy Zane. Mikey was the front man for rock band that had all of one hit over twenty years ago. Back then he embodied the typical rock star life style of drugs, booze and sex. Since then he has been working in vain to reestablish his long faded career by becoming a song writer. Unfortunately he has only been able to muster up a few minor songs more suitable for the elevator than an arena. If it wasn’t for the real estate commissions brought in by his wife Joyce (Jane Wheeler) there would be no family income at all.

The second viewpoint is provided through Matty (Estella Warren), a wannabe singer songwriter. One afternoon she is sent to be a backup singer at the recording studio were Mickey and his friend/producer Stanley (Bernard Robichaud) are trying to work on a song together. Matty does have a good voice and is attractive so the idea is developed to use her to push the song. Since Mickey has a bad case of writer’s block she offers to go over some of her songs with him; she doesn’t even want credit for them because she is such a fan. It doesn’t take long before they have a potential hit or two and are sleeping together. It is obvious how much she is controlling him not only through the sex but even more so through the promise of regained fame. It should obvious that she has her own agenda and that it is not consistent with what is best for Mickey. He has been in recovery from alcohol for 15 years and Matty is always trying to get him to drink, and when he refuses her time and again she take s drink, kisses him and forces him to swallow. The ending was intended to be a surprise and a case can be made for this opinion. Still, with a shock ending it is best that some clues be left along the way; perhaps only noticeable retrospectively. Here the conclusion comes completely out of left field not really tying up any of the plot devices. With all of this Bond still demonstrated a knack for pacing and some visual flair in the presentation. The theme of contrasting a man desperate to regain lost fame with a woman even more obsessed with establishing her own fame in an interesting enough premise but here it comes off more like a bad episode of ‘Hollywood True Stories’.

Posted 11/28/09

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