Spinning Man review by Drusilla Blakey
As soon as I saw this Blu-ray, I was so excited to see this film! How could this not be a great movie when you have Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, and Guy Pearce? I was desperately hoping this movie would live up to my expectations.
Spinning Man follows Evan Birch, a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Joyce goes missing, Evan's previous off-campus dalliances make his wife question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Joyce's disappearance. Suddenly, the questions Evan faces aren't merely academic - they're a matter of life or death.
Unfortunately, as soon as the movie started I was struck by how slow the story was going by. This is supposed to be a murder mystery but, there is no real feeling of suspense or intrigue which are necessary elements for any good mystery. With the young girl missing suspicion is thrown on to Guy Pearce’s character, so naturally that must mean he did it, right? But, there are also very, very faint hints of suspicion on Minnie Driver, but I wish there had been more buildup of her character. She is an amazing actress who is capable of doing much more than she did in this film…which was basically nothing! I mean, her past movie work is amazing and she does a great job week to week on her sitcom but in this one, she spends most of the film standing around.
Also, Pierce Brosnan’s “strange detective” character wasn’t fully fleshed out either. I fel there was a huge missed opportunity with him. We could have really pushed the envelope here to make him a more memorable character but alas, it felt like none of our main cast was given the time to develop, or perhaps it was just a poorly written story. I mean, if you have these amazing actors, why not give them an opportunity to act?!
All in all the move is just ok, but it is slow and the performances are average at best which is not what you expect from this sort of cast. The only redeeming quality is that the end will catch you by surprise, but I felt that it was too little too late. Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Spinning Man when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 26th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.