I’ve been reviewing movies on the internet for the better part of ten years, and in that time I’ve prided myself on a set of ground rules. One of them is to never use any hardcore swear words. As a writer, I feel I’m better than that, and that I can convey any point without resorting to harsh language. Suture has made me want to violate this rule because it’s a thriller with an unfortunately painful and insufferable gimmick that Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger better pulled off in the 1988 comedy classic Twins.
I know, I know, that was part of the joke in Twins. But Suture tries playing it straight with the “twin brothers who look nothing alike” gimmick by actually pretending that they DO resemble each other. I immediately had a logic breakdown five minutes into the film. Clay (portrayed by Dennis Haysbert, great actor, All State Insurance salesman, OBVIOUS BLACK MAN) meets his twin brother Vincent (portrayed by Michael Harris, average actor, other credits include a Babylon 5 TV movie, NOT A BLACK DUDE) with the understanding that they’re going to pal around and get to know each other. Except Vincent really just plans on killing Clay and assuming his identity, but doesn’t actually manage to kill him with the least lethal car bomb on Earth, so Clay becomes Vincent (BECAUSE THEY LOOK NOTHING ALIKE) and they stalk and hunt each other throughout the remainder of the film.
It might seem that I’m hung up on this whole appearance thing. Even the tagline of the film is that nothing is in black and white. I would argue that the only reason a film would pull a trick like this is because the plot is so weak you need something for an audience’s attention to be focused on to make up for the shortcomings, or the movie is trying to convey a deeper message, but it’s buried under so much pointless subtext it’s impossible to decipher. The plot itself is serviceable. It’s not that bad. However, I barely noticed that because I was wondering what mental handicaps the rest of the characters in the film had when they couldn’t see the obvious. I was really hoping Rod Serling would show up at the end and spew something about morality and deceptive appearances and I was really just watching a really avant garde Twilight Zone episode. That wasn’t the case.
Visuals/Picture Quality (3.5/5)
The film is shot in black and white and doesn’t look bad at all. Suture wants to be a noir film, but was probably an over-ambitious first project from film students as opposed to a seasoned filmmaker who would have applied knowledge of two or three films before tackling something as potentially daunting as this could be. A lot of the camera work is inspired by Hitchcock and various European New Wave directors, so the film is for the most part visually stimulating.
Score/Audio Quality (3.5/5)
The sound mix was adequate and got the point across that it needed to. I didn’t find myself reaching for the remote to constantly tweak the volume up or down, and it’s mostly a dialogue heavy film, so it won’t push a home theater setup to the limits. I’m not sure what could have been done to improve upon what was already there, but it was audible.
Special Features (4/5)
The film has a pretty good offering of special features. I must confess now that normally I go through the special features for an overall review of the presentation, but as this film has been about as much fun to sit through as a visit to the dentist to treat an abscessed tooth, I’m just going to list them from the back of the box.
- Audio Commentary with directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee moderated by Stephen Soderbergh
- Lacerations: The Making of Suture
- Deleted Scenes
- Stills Gallery
- Birds Past (Early short film from the directors)
- European and US trailer
- Arrow standard two disc keepcase.
Seriously, it’s Arrow. You know they’re going to give us a solid package. Contains booklet and reversible cover art.
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
- Stereo 2.0
- English SDH
Runtime 95 Mins
This movie just isn’t my cup of tea. It tries way too hard to be a think piece but the only thing I was thinking was “When will this be over?” or “Why did I agree to review this?” If the two guys who made Suture go on to make anything of merit, it might be interesting to come back to so that one could see the evolution of their work, if any, but overall just skip this one.
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