Asunder | Chicago Reader

Asunder

Obsession and deception are the principal themes explored in Tim Reid's hybrid thriller. Hybrid films can be intriguing if they successfully blend the conventions of different genres, but unfortunately Reid's attempts fall way short of the mark. Initially he seems to be trying to say something about coping with the sudden loss of a spouse, but then the film unravels into a mess of clumsy cliches and hokey plot twists. Chanoe Williams (Blair Underwood) is grieving for his pregnant wife, who was killed in a freak accident at an amusement park. He becomes increasingly fixated on the beautiful wife (Debbi Morgan) of his best friend (Michael Beach), but his motives never become clear, and what we know of his psychology is unconvincing. Lacking any discernible complexity and not particularly likable, Reid's characters don't generate much sympathy.

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