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Monday, July 20, 2020

Fatal Affair 2020 * 1/2 Stars

Fatal AffairDirector: Peter Sullivan
Year: 2020
Rated NR
Rating: * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Nia Long, Omar Epps, Stephen Bishop

"Can't you see we were meant to be together". Gee, where have I heard that forlorn line before. Oh yeah, in every stalker thriller that has ever come out.

Anyway, a female attorney named Ellie Warren (played by Nia Long) ends up working with an old friend named David Hammond (played by the slightly impassive Omar Epps). Having not seen each other in about twenty years, David becomes obsessed with Ellie and plans on wrecking her marriage while killing a few people on the side. Heck, you know Davie boy is a bedeviled dude about ten minutes in. Predictable, rote, knockoff-ed, and Lifetime-like, I give you 2020's Fatal Affair.

Fatal Affair on Netflix: Nia Long and Omar Epps' thriller divides ..."Affair" has elements drawn from a dozen or so flicks where a psychotic man (or woman) refuses to take "no" for an answer. It's like The Perfect Guy meets Obsessed meets The Boy Next Door meets Psycho Escort meets Unforgettable. Yup, we've seen this movie before and it has been done with more panache and even a twist or two for kicks-and-giggles. If Netflix ("Affair's" distributor) wants to continue to rule the world, they'd better come up with some less stale material in the future.

Directed by a guy known for TV Christmas endeavors (Peter Sullivan), shot in and around Los Angeles (which I thought was initially San Francisco), and pushing the adage where the cops are almost never around, Fatal Affair is mechanically plot-driven and feigned in its approach. Aside from some scenic locales and some nice-looking personas, you feel like the actors are puppets to the by the numbers script and that keeps them from giving more disciplined performances.

Netflix's Sexy Thriller Fatal Affair Is Your Next Obsession: Watch ...Bottom line: There's a song that plays a couple times during "Affair" called "Forget Me Nots". Besides the initial sigh, you'll "forget" about Fatal Affair the moment it's over. Rating: 1 and a half stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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