29 April 2007 | rsoonsa
The Camera's Eye Should Have Been Averted From This Unacceptable Effort.
Little in the manner of unforeseen development is to be found within the narrative of this somewhat absurd story, a tamely constructed work advertised as an "erotic thriller", although both thrills and eroticism are absent for a low-budget affair utilizing videotape and shot in the main at the La Vida Hot Springs Resort located in southern California's Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Erica Brogan (Kimberly Foster), along with her sister Paula (Kathryn Harris) jointly inherit, upon their father's death, his estate, comprised primarily of a large corporation having no scenario revealed nature, and as their sire has named Erica as its administrator, she determines to use her new situation of advantage to maintain the firm's financially successful condition, but designs against her are soon plainly in evidence, by her sister, husband (Nick Cassavetes), attorney (Edward Arnold), psychiatrist, various corporate executives, and apparently the entire remaining cast of characters, resulting in rather rough going for Erica. A flatly directed work, devoid of needed guidance for the players, the picture suffers in general from shabby production values, in particular embarrassingly off-target synching and dubbing. Foster deserves better for her initial (and final) lead role, yet staunchly attempts to create her part, and Harris is effective as well, but Cassavetes and Albert merely walk through their thinly scripted scenes while Don Swayze is awkwardly unconvincing as a local sheriff's deputy in this forgettable film.