July 22, 2005
A couple of newcomers bring us this psychological thriller starring Courteney Cox. Writer Benjamin Brand makes his big screen debut, while director Greg Harrison takes only his second shot at the helm. We have seen and are going to be seeing quite a few films that have to deal with memory. Examples from the recent past are Memento and The Butterfly Effect. As I write this, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is getting ready to be released.
This story takes place outside a corner store where photographer Sophie Jacobs (Cox) and her boyfriend Hugh (James LeGros) have stopped for a little dessert on their way home from dinner. Sophie waits out in the car as Hugh goes in to get some ice cream. She finally realizes that something's not right, but it's too late. Hugh has become a victim of a botched robbery attempt.
Sophie is traumatized by this event and flashes of memory haunt her from that tragic night. But her life starts to go out of control when an unexpected image appears in a classroom presentation. Is her mind playing tricks on her? She has to figure out what really happened that night.
The film was shot on digital video on a reported budget of $150,000 during the summer of 2003. It had its world premiere during the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won an award for cinematography. Hopefully this will help Courteney Cox on her post-Friends career plans. (Marty Doskins/BOP)