Starring: Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Christopher McDonald, Mira Sorvino
Directed by: Declan Dale
Written by: Gee Malik Linton
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min
This “film” is part murder mystery, part fantastical crisis of faith drama, where religious spiritual beliefs manifest as strange albinos that look like they crawled out of 1998’s Dark City, in search of a sequel.
Exposed often feels like two entirely different films badly edited together. Complete with shifts in tone and color texture. Keanu Reeves stars in the gritty big city crime drama as his character investigates the death of a corrupt partner. Ana de Armas plays Isabel, in a faith-based drama as she processes an abusive history and recent tragedy. It’s almost like first time director Declan Dale, and newbie writer Gee Malik Linton, found two separate script ideas, and decided to blend them together to see what they could create.
The result is a film with no clear sense of what it wants to be, and it doesn’t take the time to develop its themes or characters. There are places and people here, but none of them seem to have a coherent connection to anything around them, and the footage is choppily edited together to make absolutely sure none of this makes sense.
The movie’s ambiguous twists aren’t smart, they’re contrived. The film’s spiritual elements don’t add magic; they’re simply used as a clumsy mechanism to get us to the “big reveal” ending.
The performances are at best perfunctory, but I’d hardly expect more from the cast as they clearly seemed confused by Gee Malik Linton’s awful script. At least they had a director telling them what the film and their characters were trying to achieve. I on the other hand can only report on what I saw, and it wasn’t worth 102 minutes of my day.
The trailer for this movie sells it well, and will have you thinking you’re about to watch a taut layered well produced crime drama. It’s not. Expect to jump between two entirely different story threads that have little to no connection to each other. Exposed is rated R for violence including sexual assault, and bad language.
The odd switches in color texture aren’t clever, just obvious to the point of distraction. If you want to waste your time with this, just wait for it to appear on your favorite streaming service and watch it on your tablet or phone.
Gee Malik Linton’s script. It doesn’t blend its two main story arcs well, and also throws in another half-assed third plot twist that will leave you scratching your head.