To be honest this is a very
mediocre movie. The story is paper thin and most will have the
plot and itís ďshockingĒ twist figured out very early on.
There are also several points in the movie where the narrative asks
that you ignore some pretty big plot holes. The writer of the
movie tries every trick in the book to create some sort of tension or
suspense. We have multiple suspects, a couple of twists that are
supposed to shock and a suicide. Unfortunately they are all executed
poorly and feel like very amateurish attempts. The cast is also
mediocre. I found this to be very surprising given the presence
of C. Thomas Howell, Sean Young, and Ben Browder. Iíve seen
all three of them give much better performances that you will see in
A Killer Within. I donít know if they were just taking a paying
job and put little effort into it, or if the script was just that bad.
Either way they are all very wooden and unbelievable in their roles.
I will say that if you are interested in seeing a full frontal shot
of a nude early 40s Sean Young then this is the movie for you.
Other than that the cast is pretty bland.
I suppose that I should also
mention the production values and direction of the movie. This
movie has a distinct Lifetime movie of the week feel to it. While
the shots are all filmed and light very well the movie didnít really
feel all that theatrical to me. Additionally there is no gore
at all in this movie. We only get to see snippets of the attack
on the wife, and even then it is the husband imagining what may have
happened. Iím not saying that this movie should have been gory,
but if the attack had been more brutal perhaps the movie is more effective.
This is not the worst movie
that Iíve seen recently, not by far. It is at best a non-offensive
mediocre attempt at a thriller. I donít recommend wasting your
time on this one.
Rating - *1/2
-John "El Juan" Shatzer