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Movie Review: ‘Secret Obsession’ delightfully bad

August 02, 2019 by Kayla Houp

Here’s the thing. I absolutely love thrillers. I live for them. I live for the mystery, the intrigue, the pounding in your chest when you just don’t know if the hero will survive or not. 

So, if you’re looking for an incredible thriller, I’d suggest looking elsewhere.

But, if you’re in the mood for a movie that’s meant to be bad and entertainingly trashy, and you have an hour-and-a-half of your life you won’t miss, take the time to watch Netflix’s “Secret Obsession,” released July 18.

There are two big faults with “Secret Obsession” right off the bat. One, it’s incredibly predictable. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie, and with a name like “Secret Obsession,” it’s not hard to guess where it’s going to go from there. 

The movie follows a woman (Brenda Song) as she struggles to evade a creep man in a hood on a stormy evening, only to be struck by a car while she’s running away.

Cut to the hospital where the woman, who we learn from the man claiming to be her husband, is named Jennifer, wakes up to find she is suffering from amnesia and remembers only her name and her family. Jennifer returns home with her husband, Russell Williams (Mike Vogel) and quickly learns that the danger is far from over. 

“Secret Obsession” suffers from a lot of plot holes. And I mean a lot. Whether it be the drastic level of gross negligence by the hospital or a very vague timeline, the more you say about the film, the less sense it makes.

As I’ve mentioned before, an overwhelming amount of the film is revealed in the trailer to the point where the actual film doesn’t add much depth to the content at all. If you’re interested in watching the film, I’d opt for avoiding the trailer if you can.

Much like the plot, the characters are also lacking, with the exception of Detective Page, played by Dennis Haysbert. With the characters, what you see is essentially what you get. It’s not that the actors themselves are bad actors, I don’t think they are, but the acting in this movie was, at times, painful to watch.

That being said, I have a theory that maybe this movie was bad on purpose. At face value, it’s a pretty bad movie. Astonishingly bad, but I think it’s bad in the way that it’s meant to be bad. It doesn’t set out to be some mangum opus or cinematic breakthrough, it’s just a movie with a rather predicable plot that’s still entertaining to watch past all its downfalls.

Overall, if you’re not turned off by negative reviews, bad acting, and a terribly predictable plot, then “Secret Obsession” is the film for you. And, if you only have less than five minutes of time to spare, the trailer will do just as well.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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