(Keanu Reeves, Mira Sorvino, Ana de Armas, Laura Gomez, Christopher McDonald, et al / DVD / R / 2016 / LGF)
Overview: When a detective starts to investigate his partner's shocking death, he uncovers disturbing evidence of police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman.
DVD Verdict: In truth, and by complete accident, I first watched on this night of reviewing another Keanu Reeves flick, 'Knock Knock.' Well, after trying to remove that Eli Roth-directed mess out of my head, I put on 'Exposed' and found, to my absolute amazement that not only was Reeves in this one BUT also his co-star from 'Knock Knock,' Ana de Armas!
Moving on, and for a movie that was originally set to be produced in 2009 with Nathalie Kelley playing the lead role (but production fell through a month before principal photography and the actor was let go), 'Exposed' is still, to my mind, an unfinished work of near-art. It is a fluid motion of thoughts, revelations, and dark, sometimes blind alleys that make your brain work overtime, but at the same time can leave you very, very confused and let down.
Simply put, 'Exposed's overall structure felt like patch-work, moving from one scene to another within a matter of 10-30 seconds. As you absorb each scene, attempting to find some correlation to the previous one, they'll whip it away from you, leaving a bitter taste in your memory that will only grow as scenes pile up. It's like waiting for a surgeon to perform a delicate operation on your loved one, and the local butcher walks through the door with his cleaver!
It's painful. I was really hoping there were some subtle or underlying meanings to some of the scenes, but in the end I found myself looking to my wife for comfort and explanation, only to be met with an empty confused stare. That said, both the leads perform admirably, in some instances Ana de Armas looks amiable (although DON'T get me started on her whole "Act of God" pregnancy thing!) and Keanu Reeves still has his appealing presence.
However, (and back to) the plot is chaotic. There would be incredibly slow development and subplots, yet it would hasten abruptly in mere minutes. The few segments from other angles don't really pan out in the grand scheme, while its intended twist is hampered by over saturation of horror genre, which is odd to see in crime drama.
In closing, the film starts effectively as a detective story with Reeves trying to find a killer, but as we follow the developing story there are some odd events making the viewer wonder if this is science fiction or not. It seems at first disjointed and unusual, but then gradually towards the end we see that the focus of the story is different from that first portrayed and actually the film is about something completely different.
For better or for worse, you decide, but you should know the actual Director of this film (Declan Dale) fought to have his named REMOVED from all credit sequences!! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
"The Making of Exposed" Featurette
Extended Cast Interviews