Tuesday, June 9, 2009

WHILE SHE WAS OUT

Kim Basinger stars WHILE SHE WAS OUT, an unsatisfying, subpar 2008 thriller from director Susan Montford and a whole slew of producers, including Guillermo del Toro. Basinger plays Della, a suburban housewife who witnesses the murder of a security guard while doing some late Christmas Eve shopping. Fleeing the scene, she is pursued by the killer (Lukas Haas, BRICK, MARS ATTACKS!) and his multiethnic cronies. They chase her into an unfinished housing development in some nearby woods, where they attempt to hunt her down. But Della’s not your typical victim, and, armed with the contents of a red toolbox, she fights back.

Montford’s direction is relatively suspenseful, leading to a fairly effective climax, and overall, the performances are okay. Unfortunately the script requires the characters to act in illogical and downright idiotic ways, which severely undercuts the viewer’s enjoyment of the film. The premise had potential but the execution drowns in cliché and inanity. Still, you might find some (unintentional) laughs in it.

Anchor Bay’s DVD presents WHILE SHE WAS OUT in a flawless 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a strong Dolby 5.1 Surround mix. There’s an audio commentary by director Montford and producer Don Murphy, a "Making of" featurette, the theatrical trailer and some TV spots.

I can’t recommend this to anyone but die hard Kim Basinger fans. There are a lot of better thrillers out there – and even more enjoyable bad ones – than this to spend your rental buck on.

BUY: While She Was Out