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Exposure

1 rating: 1.0
A movie directed by David Blyth

A down-on-his-luck photo journalist (Ron Silver) has resorted to taking nude photos for men's magazines. When one of his models is murdered, he goes from being a suspect to the killer's next potential victim.

Director: David Blyth
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Exposure

Exposure - 2000

  • Jun 7, 2002
Rating:
+1
Pros: good ending, nice scenery

Cons: Ron Silver, Ron Silver, Ron Silver

The Bottom Line: I'll recommend for the ending only :)

The trouble with Ron Silver movies is that they are so bland. Maybe it is because he is a bland actor, really nothing to offer. This is no exception.

Gary Whitfield (Silver) is a photographer, of naked or near naked women. He terms his work as tense and sometimes boring, I consider that a reflection on his personal self worth. Throughout the movie he has these horrific dream sequences, flash-backs if you want to call them that, where he is madly making love to a beautiful woman. In fact, so involved he doesn't hear the 3 Army jeeps pulling up, the troops entering the house and the bedroom, actually nothing until he gets slammed up side the noggin and the woman is dragged away, eventually drowned, wrapped in an orange fish net.

I take notice of the orange net, because as fate would deem it, returning from jogging one day he notices his boat house door blowing in the wind. Entering the boat house, where the electricity is amazingly out, he stumbles over the naked body of a woman, Elaine Drury (Susan Pari) wrapped in orange fish net. She bears a delicious resemblance to his ‘dream girl' [we eventually discover it was his wife in the dream but that is way into the movie].

As only Ron Silver can do, he barely raises an eyebrow, and invites the naked miss to his house for a cup of coffee and the use of his phone. She discovers his nakkid pictures, inquiring about what type of woman does this work - she is a legal secretary. By the way, the reason she is in the boat house, and nakkid, is because she had a fight with the boyfriend, Brad (Timothy Balme), on his boat and jumped ship. Silver's boat house was the first thing she ran across, or swam across, if you want to be technical.

She worms her way into having Silver take her pics, nearly nakkid, becomes an overnight success, quits her day job [her boyfriend was also her boss - enter the intrigue factor] and manages to get killed. Silver is the prime suspect, which he reacts blandly to, as is his fashion. However, scripted in what I assumed was her blood on the walls is Unholy Trinity - 1. Apparently I was the only one that realized trinity = 3 and since this was #1, there was bound to be two more. It took them another murder before the police figured that out. They don't watch enough movies I guess.

Murder #2 was the guy that ordered the layout for a new magazine, Paul Steerman (Paul Gittins), where Elaine's lithe and sinuous body was displayed for all to see in a darling fishnet body stocking, black, with little rhinestones all over it - cute. Of course, I'm seeing a pattern to the trinity thing, but then again, I watch more movies than the police do. And if I were Silver, I'd be a tad bit more cautious.

Silver does invest in an alarm system but for some unimaginable reason, the first time it goes off, he goes into his secluded woods to investigate for himself instead of calling the police. Personally, seeing the incompetence of this police force, I'd have probably done the same, but why invest in an alarm system if you aren't gonna use it? Just curious.

In the woods he finds a priest, Father Close (Kevin Wilson), who has made the unholy trinity connection, knows who the bad guy is, and has come to Silver to tell him. Of course, he is doing this in the middle of the night and he is heading to the boat house instead of the main house.

Not sure why exactly, unless it is to get Silver out of the house so the bad guy can come in and attack his dead bosses wife, Jackie (Alexandra Paul), who just happens to be staying over cause she is lonely. Seems she and Silver had a thing in the past but she chose the boss instead. Now she's single again, so things are looking up for Silver.

In the end the bad guy is exposed and killed and frankly, it was a surprise. Naturally during the movie they were throwing blame on Silver and the boyfriend/boss but as the viewing public I wasn't buying it one dang bit. Gotta admit, I never figured out who the perp was until exposed and killed at the end. Got me there.

But, of course, that is the idea of the title I guess, Exposure. Certainly it had nothing to do with all the nakkid women running around the set?

Scriptwise it wasn't any great deal, but they were successful in keeping the identity of the bad guy completely under wraps. You simply had no clue, but only because they gave you not one single hint. But line delivery, Lord who is supplying the Valium to Silver? Are they overdosing him? His delivery is so slow paced and expressionless, I felt like killing him myself.

And Elaine, the supposed legal secretary who had never posed nude before. She certainly got into her new gig with a vengeance! I might mention as well, when she was doing her ‘into' shots, before she became ‘pro' (and dead), her boobs definitely were not, shall we say, well supported. Suddenly, in the fishnet deal they are perky and firm, not moving one dang bit.

Now I've been around boobs for a long time and I know real ones tend to flatten and change position when you lay down on your back. Hers certainly did before the fishnet scene. Now they don't. Miracle fishnet? Should I invest in this product? Naw.

Cinematography was clear and crisp with some great scenery. Silver lived in a real secluded area so you get a good deal of lakes, trees, and general outside buffoonery but it was done really well. No great music to speak of, just basic background when it was called for. Suspense factor could have been a lot better of they would have cast other actors in the movie. I jumped one time but that is because I think I actually saw an expression on Silver's face.

This DVD had no extras except the cast listing. It was just your basic movie, take it as it was. Directed by David Blyth. The tag lines for the trailer are "A beautiful model, a talented photographer, a brutal murder. Now he's running for his life." Please, spare me.

This had all the potential to be a decent movie. Too bad they chose these actors.

The next time you are hit with a trivia question that asks if Ron Silver has ever made a good movie, rest assured you can still answer no and he's made what - 70 movies and been on every TV series around. Huh!

Thanks,
Susi


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