This movie for me was quite mixed. Aside from the great casting and good acting, the movie was not that well written and the plot was quite predictable. First, let’s discuss the main plot of the show: Leah’s relationship with Carter. It is easy to understand why she fell for him. Charming, sexy, gorgeous eyes and he wanted all the things she wanted unlike her previous boyfriend, Dave. But she fell for who he portrayed to her without getting to know the real him. She was swept up by the allure of finding someone who wanted what she wanted so quickly after ending her two year relationship. On the other hand, Carter played the part to perfection. From “rescuing her” from the sleazy guy at the bar, to being the perfect gentleman by not sleeping with her while in her parents’ home (although there was something about the way he spoke to her in that scene that was a bit off) he exuded an aura that made him irresistible to her.
Interestingly though, when the first blatant sign of his temper, possessiveness and jealousy reared its ugly head (beating a guy to a pulp on the way back from her parents’ home from just talking to her) she refused to take him back despite him being pushy about it. Although she fell for him too easily, she didn’t hesitate to get out at the first sign of danger. By this time, Dave (her previous boyfriend) realized what he was missing by not being with her and eventually, they made their way back together.
In a sociopathic kind of way, Carter was very smart. He was smart enough to use all the hints dropped by Leah throughout the course of their brief, but steamy, relationship, to spy on her, follow her and break into her home without her knowing. He even hid under the bed while she had sex with Dave! He was also smart enough that, after violating the restraining order Leah brought against him and being called in for questioning by the police, to twist the situation to make it seem like he had a case for restraining order against Leah and Dave! Eventually, after realizing there was not much the police could do, Leah took matters into her own hands and took him on, trying to beat him at his own game. She broke into and trashed his house, crashed his date with another woman and told her to “run, while you still can” (LOL) and sabotaged his job, basically using the same tactics he used when he was stalking her. It all came to a head when they eventually had a violent face off, leading to his death. However this was not before he left a trail of dead bodies behind, including Leah’s nosey neighbor and sadly Dave.
Sanaa Lathan as always did a great job in this movie, displaying all the emotions of lust, fear, anger, frustration and pain all to perfection. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster. Morris Chestnut’s Dave character was also likeable. He acknowledged his mistake in waiting too long in his relationship with Leah and fought to win her back. When he realized the threat posed by Carter, he immediately warned him off. Admittedly though, this move was not that smart as one should not wind up sociopaths. But we know where he was coming from in trying to protect his girl (I mean, who doesn’t love a macho Morris Chestnut?). I think most of the audience was sad and disappointed that he died especially since he finally wised up and it seemed that Leah and him were going to have their happy ending.
The detective Leah first spoke to about Carter was a bit annoying at first, but you do understand why he couldn’t do anything. His hands were tied due to the lack of a crime being committed. Unfortunately, that’s an issue with the law and not necessarily him. Although, as soon as he realized the behavior was escalating, he stepped up his game and tried hard to help Leah. Eventually, he realized acting within the law was going to be useless given how smart and sneaky Carter was so he gave her ‘advice’ on how to take care of the situation once and for all.
Scenes I didn’t Get
They say hindsight is 20⁄20 vision, but a few things had me really annoyed by this movie:
1) After their amazing first kiss, we understand that Leah would find it hugely flattering that Carter tracked her down when she was wrestling with calling him herself. However, shouldn’t she have found it a tad bit creepy that although he’s an “IT expert in 2015” that he tracked her down so easily?
2) While the amazing chemistry between Carter and Leah was evident, sex in a very dirty bathroom of a club on the second date with a guy you barely know? No. Just no. But it was obvious from that scene that his kiss had her pretty mesmerized.
I haven’t had a kiss like that in a long time. – Leah
3) The scene where she introduced Carter to her friends was telling. Her friend asked him if a single mother raised him to which Leah replied sarcastically: “just jump right in with the personal questions”. My thought here was, maybe YOU should be asking your boyfriend these questions and getting to know HIM before getting so serious with him. The look on her face when he said he was adopted obviously indicated she didn’t know that or much about his past.
4) Letting the guy you JUST started dating know where you hide the spare key? Dumbest move ever!
5) The timeline may have been blurry, but honestly, she got serious with him far too fast.
6) Seriously, what friend would tell another friend that her boyfriend beating a guy to a pulp for NOTHING was a one-time thing? The other annoying thing about this same friend was that in a later conversation she says, “who says he won’t snap like that again” (referring to the beating incident). Didn’t this woman just say maybe it was a one-time thing? (Maybe this was just poor writing but it still annoyed me).
7) Leah to Dave “I think I jump into things sometimes”. Most obvious line ever.
All in all, I have mixed feelings about the movie. There were things that I really enjoyed (the acting by the three leads, how Leah wised up sooner rather than later), there were things that I didn’t like (some of the writing was less than impressive) and there were things that just plain annoyed me (see above).
Overall Movie Rating: 5.5÷10