Fatal Affair (2020) A Review

Thrillers are a dime a dozen on Netflix.  Some have been great and others have been…not so.  So how will this one stand up among a forest of films just like it on the service?

Certificate: 12

Director: Peter Sullivan

Screenwriter: Rasheeda Garner, Peter Sullivan

Starring: Nia Long, Omar Epps, Stephen Bishop

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 89 Minutes

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Ellie is feeling a little unsatisfied in her marriage, after twenty years with her husband, things have lost their passion and things have fizzled out.  After a chance meeting with an old friend from college, David,  and a sweaty fumbling in a nightclub bathroom, she decides to give life with her husband another shot.  But David isn’t going to give up that easily, and starts showing up everywhere, convinced that him and Ellie could have a great life together.  A stalker thriller at it’s most basic.

The Director Peter Sullivan, who also helped to pen this somewhat sketchy script, has a litany of straight to TV movies under his belt.  A lot of them the mushy, Christmas romance type.  Don’t get me wrong, those movies definitely have a place in my heart, but the soapy, over dramatic feel leaks it’s way into this film in spades.  Even the music is laughably over dramatic. It definitely feels like a TV movie, which is disappointing because Netflix are capable of such better content then this, after giving us a gem like ‘The Old Guard’ last week.

Omar Epps, best known to me for his work on ‘House’ does a great job of portraying menace here, he does unhinged really well.  But I feel for the vast amount of the film that he just forgets to emote in any way.  I know he is meant to be a sociopath and all, but I would have expected a little more than just the blank face that he wears for most of this film.  Nia Long is great in this film, given the shaky ground she has to work on.  The character of Ellie just makes no sense to me at all.  She is a strong, intelligent woman, she knows what is going on, and yet she does nothing about it and asks no one for help, and spends basically the whole film gazing around anxiously and running along the beach.  Why doesn’t she call the police?  Or suck it up and tell her husband?  I spent so much time rolling my eyes and shaking my head.

This film isn’t meant to bring anything new to the table.  It follows the plot of every stalker thriller you have ever seen.  Nothing new, nothing all that exciting.  It is a mindless way to spend an hour and a half of your day, but that is about it.  You know what is going to happen pretty early on even if you haven’t seen a hundred films just like this before, and if you are a film fan like me, you probably have.

If I had to give you a recommendation, a would say skip it.  There are way better films on Netflix to occupy your time.

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