The Deep End
The Blu-ray release of Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s 2001 domestic drama / crime thriller "The Deep End" looks fantastic on the new hi-def format, but delve beneath the surface and you’re left to wonder why this film, of everything from Tilda Swinton’s catalogue, should be trotted out for re-release on the home video market.
Simply put, this is a bad movie: Poor pacing, poor plotting, terrible dialogue and lousy performances to match. The only thing blockier than the story beats are the caricatures the film trades in.
Swinton plays a mother of three whose eldest son, Beau (Jonathan Tucker) has been embroiled in a gay love affair with a seedy club owner (Josh Lucas). Goran Visnjic ("ER") fails to launch a film career with the role of a tough guy who’s not so tough, and who ends up being the family’s protector. Money, accidental death, blackmail, a sex video... it all gets swirled up into a potboiler that never actually boils because the film is so fussily concerned with obtaining a cool, noirish sensibility. (It fails.) Less tawdry than tedious, "The Deep End" could happily have remained in cinematic oblivion.
The extras are nothing special and are blearily lo-def. The "Anatomy of a Scene" Sundance Channel Featurette does offer some interesting tidbits about the film’s lineage, though: "The Deep End" was drawn from a 1947 novel, "The Blank Wall," by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, and was first filmed in 1949 under the title "The Reckless Moment." There’s also a Making-Of featurette and audio commentary by the directors, who also co-wrote and produced the film.
Swinton completists may enjoy seeing her put on an American accent and attempt to play a woman far less capable than the actress herself usually is, and anybody who remembers Visnjic will enjoy a flashback dose of eye-candy while marveling at how his film career fizzles right here before them.
"The Deep End"