Nick is in a loveless marriage but just doesn’t have the heart to leave. This world he muddles through turns asunder on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary as his wife goes missing. At first, the police and the public are on his side believing that his wife has been abducted but as more facts about the day’s event’s and Nick’s past are revealed doubts begin to takeover in the minds of his supporters. From there he must not only prove his innocence but also his wife’s existence.
This movie had an interesting premise and setup that ultimately lead to a disappointing finish. The beginning of the movie can be equated to a car stuck in the mud, once it gets going it moves just fine but it takes a long time before it can move at all. The most interesting portion of the movie comes about a third to halfway through it, unfortunately it spins back downwards after that. The plot tries to be compelling by layering intrigue upon mystery but some of the twist are a little unbelievable. Not unbelievable in the “Wow, that was amazing” fashion but more in the “That just doesn’t quite make sense” vernacular. Although some of the structure in the movie hoists it up to great heights, it uses it’s own momentum to knock itself down by setting up scenarios that aren’t clear or don’t fit. (Possible Spoiler) For example, Nick goes on a tv interview to try to draw out his estranged wife from hiding but his methods are questionable and his end-game are even more so. (End Spoiler) The end of the film offers little to no satisfaction whatsoever as is draws to no true resolution, rather to a sputtering stop.
Say what you will about Ben Afleck but this was not a grand performance on his part. If this movie were on fire, he certainly was the bucket of water. Not to give his co-stars anymore credit than he, after all it is almost impossible to recognize Tyler Perry without a dress on much less believe he is a high-end, nearly unstoppable attorney.
Save yourself two and a half hours and don’t watch this movie. That time would be better spent pondering how ice cream is made.
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