A Friday Matinee review
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Derek Charles (Idris Elba), and his beautiful wife, Sharon (Beyonce Knowles), have finally "made it". After years of hard work, Derek earns a position as VP in his firm. The Charles' move into their new home in an upscale suburb of LA with their two year old son, and Sharon has plans to go back to school to get her degree. Life is good, and the Charles family couldn't be happier......we know this is gonna change,right?
The morning after moving into their dream home, Derek Charles has a chance encounter in the elevator with Lisa (Ali Larter), a temp who has been assigned to his firm. It turns out, Derek's assistant is out sick, and Lisa is his temp. He is a bit playful and friendly, something Lisa will take full advantage of.
Now, it seems Derek has a history of dating his assistants....in fact Sharon had been his assistant, and the deal was, he would only have male assistants once they got married and Sharon quit working for the firm.
When Sharon visit's Derek at work, Lisa barges in to Derek's office and introduces herself.
Lisa immediately crosses the lines of propriety and accesses personal files and information about Derek and his daily routine. This takes him by surprise, and he questions how she knows so much. It turns out she has been in contact with the sick male assistant, who upon his return to work becomes friends with Lisa.....yes Lisa stays on for a while as a temp, filling in for another assistant.
Her predatory aggressiveness starts to bother Derek, but he doesn't want to make waves since nothing has actually happened. The more he avoids her, the more she happens to be everywhere.
The stalking continues at the company Christmas party, where no spouses are allowed, and things get nasty. As time goes by, the stalking continues to escalate, and eventually, Derek's position in the firm is put in jeopardy, his marriage is crumbling, and he comes close to criminal accusations.
The Charles' find a family picture in their home with Sharon's head cut out of it.
The culmination of this suspenseful movie.....ala Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction, is when the focus switches to the two women....Sharon vs. Lisa unleashed.
I like the movie. Of course Beyonce didn't sing, but I thought her performance was good.
I give this movie 4 ½ chandeliers.