This film is like those in the restaurant business making a film. Exactly what it felt like from the beginning. Nothing wrong with that, as long as the focus isn't squarely on that. I know this isn't a Comedy but the beginning (minus the opening dream sequence; which was uninteresting) in the hotel, at the front desk, seemed as if that was what they were going for up until the bloody woman walks out of the elevator then it switched hard from trying to be light Comedy to being hard Suspense-Drama. The script coupled with the overacting by Tom Malloy (who should know better being a seasoned actor) and most likely the direction of that scene to make it highly dramatic; with the overcompensating composition playing over the scene, and then the follow through in helping the girl, controlling the situation, arresting the guy with the scene with the police officer...it was awful in the literal sense. It told me the direction of this film. It also tells me that writing out the scenes here is boring, as well.
There's also no utilizing here. They're just there to do the scene(s) (it appears) and then move on to the next location. There's a scene where Malloy's character is walking the streets, obviously enough room to where he doesn't have to walk in peoples paths but he keeps doing that, especially at the end when he walks into the path of someone else and the film makes you believe it wasn't his fault because the other dude tried to rob him. I didn't believe the scene at all.
This film is one scene after the next of unbelievability. Not that one couldn't believe things shown in this film do not happen but the fact that this film in particular makes you feel that way when watching it. Like Malloy is a guy who works at a hotel as concierge or something and he goes speaks to the police officer and asks for the address of the guest who beat up the girl earlier. The police officer gives him the address all hush hush like. Why? So, then Malloy goes to the guy's place and questions him like he is a police officer himself when he's just some dude who works at a hotel. The unbelievable part of that scene is the guy answers Malloy's questions as if Malloy was a police officer but knowing he's just a guy who works at a hotel. Also, how come Malloy's character couldn't get the guy's address from the hotel he stayed at?
This film is one boring scene after the other. What's supposed to be funny, isnt. What's supposed to be dramatic, isn't. What's supposed to be suspenseful, isn't. Nothing is what it is supposed to be because of the direction and script. The only good thing about this film was Erik Aude. While I've heard of films he's been in, I didn't really recognize him. He's barely in this film (he plays Malloy's brother, I think) but he seemed like the only good actor in it. Even the small scene Quinton Aaron (The Blindside) was in was blah.
Here's what I think the story is about: a drug addict concierge wants to save the hooker drug addict who was beat up at a hotel from being a drug addict hooker. There are minor flashbacks and dreams Malloy's character has that have to do with the death of his girlfriend or wife, or someone and the Holly character (drug addict hooker) looks like her, or something, and that's why he wants to help her but Malloy's character doesn't notice the contradiction and hypocrisy of that, apparently but at the end Malloy's character decides to go clean from his heroin addiction on his own. No where in this film did I ever believe that his character had the will power to pull off such a thing on his own. Not once.
As an aside: I did laugh at the scene where Malloy's character finds out that Linda (Lisa Varga) was murdered. I mean, they tried to make that scene so dramatic but they had Malloy just staring to the side a little while this other hotel worker explains how Linda died (murdered by her husband because she turned tricks after work for more money) from directly behind Malloy, and with the music playing etc., I just laughed my ass off at how so pathetically stupid that scene was.