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Under Still Waters (2008/IFC/MPI DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: C+



Carolyn Millerís Under Still Waters (2008) is yet another sexual triangle thriller about a couple who finds a third person who may be a threat to their union emotionally and sexually, not to mention with the possibility of violence.In this case, it is Andrew (Jason Clarke of Rabbit Proof Fence, the Death Race remake and Wall Street sequel) and Charlie (Lake Bell of Itís Complicated) who meet Jacob (the underrated Clifton Collins, Jr. of Tigerland, most recently seen in Brothers, Boondock Saint II, Brothers and The Experiment) whose is hit by them by accident when they cannot stop their vehicle fast enough.


Jacob was having problems with his motorcycle in the middle of nowhere, so they take him home and he becomes the houseguest from hell, though this is not immediately obvious.There are some good scenes and the acting is good, with Collins obviously having the juiciest role, but despite efforts in Millerís script to make this different or even offer a female take on familiar material, it never distinguishes itself enough to work.Still, she can direct and there is some chemistry here, so you could do worse, but if you see it, donít expect anything new.Ken Howard is a plus in his supporting role.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image has some color limits from stylizing, but was shot on 35mm film by Director Of Photography Matthew Irving (from the underrated Waitress) and he also makes this more involving than it would be otherwise, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is really just stretching out what is a stereo mix that is dialogue-based.The only exception is a few moments where the multi-channel kicks in, but that is not enough, making the audio portion a bit uneven.The only extra is a trailer.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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