Exposed – ★ ★ ½ DVD Review
Keanu Reeves is police detective Galban, investigating the murder of his partner who he discovers was a dirty cop, even his wife (Mira Sorvino) admitted that her late husband was “no choir boy”. There are several suspects in the case, and each one seems to end up dead before Galban can question them and try to solve the case. There seems to be a single link in the case, a girl named Isabel (Ana de Armas) who is the sister-in-law of one of the suspects. Isabel is from a very religious family and she claims to be having visions, seeing angels when she walks the New York streets. What makes Isabel’s visions especially interesting is that while her husband is serving overseas in Iraq she becomes pregnant, an apparent “immaculate conception”.
This movie was more drama and less crime than I expected in a “crime-drama”. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, except that the drama was played out very very slowly. Reeves was good in his role, but this was ultimately a bit of a snooze-fest and he seemed to be very under-utilized. Very heavy on the metaphors and symbolism, I wish they had focused a bit more on engaging the audience. The lone bright light in this one was Ana de Armas, who was very good, but neither Reeves or de Armas were good enough to really elevate this poorly paced story. At times I wasn’t sure how much time was supposed to have passed on screen, which wasn’t helped by the story jumping around a lot. In the film, Isabel takes a young girl under her wing from the church/school she works at. I guessed fairly early on that the girl that Isabel may not have been real, but instead a “vision” that only she could see but I wasn’t 100% convinced. Actually, I suspected that the “girl” was going to be a future projection of her unborn baby, since as I said earlier the film didn’t really pay proper attention to the passage of time.
Really not worth watching, unless you are a die hard Keanu Reeves fan, or if you want to get in on the ground floor of Ana de Armas’ career because I do think that she has a very good career ahead of her. Interesting to note that de Armas and Reeves costarred together previously in Knock Knock.
Bottom Line: This is a crime drama you can wait to see.