One of the best things about streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you have so many new films and TV programmes literally at your fingertips. It is the perfect place to simply wile away an afternoon when really you should be hoovering up the cat hair and clearing the mound of washing up in the sink.
Secret Obsession is a great film to watch whilst not doing housework, not because it is particularly good (in fact its actually pretty bad) but because it is such an easy watch.
Secret Obsession starts with Jennifer (Brenda Song) running away from an unknown assailant into the dark rainy night (why does it always rain in movies?!) but in her bid to escape, she gets hit by a car and wakes up in hospital with retrograde amnesia.
Her husband takes her back to their beautiful home in the middle of nowhere so they can work on getting back to normal. But the question is, what is normal and what is really just an obsession?
If that sounds at all familiar, that’s because the story isn’t exactly original and has been done a thousand times before, to a much higher standard, I recommend checking out Before I Go To Sleep.
I found both main leads Brenda Song (Jennifer) and Mike Vogel (Russel) to be distinctly unlikeable, with very little substance. Dennis Haysbert as Detective Frank Page fared a little better although not by much. His little backstory could have been interesting and would’ve added an extra element to the obsession concept but instead it felt underdeveloped and shoe-horned in.
There were also far too many loopholes and unanswered questions for it to leave much of a mark, including the very brief appearance of a ‘concerned friend’ who doesn’t add anything to the story and is neither seen nor heard from again.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m struggling to think of what else to say because the film left no lasting impression and quickly faded from memory, unlike the washing up that didn’t magically disappear during the hour and a half runtime. However, if I had to choose between a bad film and the housework, I would still choose the film.
Have you seen it? What did you think?