|TROUBLED WATERS (director: John Stead; screenwriter: David Robbeson; cinematographer: Brett Van Dyke; editor: Tad Seaborn; music: Nick Dyer/Eric Cadesky; cast: Jennifer Beals (Special Agent Jennifer Beck), David Storch (Mike Waters), Jonathan Goad (Special Agent Andy Hunter), Stuart Hughes (Ben Tomlinson), Shaunia Black (Julia Waters), Sharon Lewis (Agent Tina Davis), Olivia Ballantyne (Megan Waters); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Harvey Glazer/Robert Wilson/Patrick Cameron; TW Films; 2006-Canada)|
|"There's little about the thriller
by Dennis Schwartz
Theater and fight filmmaker John Stead ("Cyborg
Soldier") directs this low-budget,
so-so crime story about
the search for a missing child. The
screenplay, filled with plot holes, is by first-time
screenwriter David Robbeson. The film is told through
a flashback, after the opening scene shows the FBI
raiding a suburban house where two are dead inside the
headache suffering Special Agent Jennifer Beck
(Jennifer Beals) and her FBI agent partner Andy Hunt (Jonathan
Goad), are assigned to the case of a wealthy
couple's missing daughter, Megan Waters (Olivia Ballantyne).
The firm of her dad, Mike Waters (David
Storch), is set to go public and he should
become extremely wealthy as a result.
headaches bring on psychic visions when she touches
objects. In one of her
visions Beck becomes certain that Megan has been
abducted. When the agents investigate, they
discover that Mike’s business partner, Ben
Hughes), who has been having
an affair with Mike’s wife Julia (Shaunia Black), is
the abductor. We soon learn that Ben and Julia
hired a hitman to kill Mike – but the contract
killer decides instead to abduct Megan.
little about the thriller that's remarkable.
Everything becomes predictable. It had a limited
theater release and was seen mostly on cable TV. I
enjoyed Beals's performance, and therefore found it
not that bad.
REVIEWED ON 2/22/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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