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You don't like me, you really don't like me

If you're going to have a story populated with unlikeable characters, you should at least make them interesting. Just a suggestion, people, but I think it's a good one.

Take Rick (Bill Pullman), our smarmy protagonist. He proudly acts the prick around his office like an audition for In The Company of Men 2, treating a job applicant (Sandra Oh) like she was there for his own entertainment, and the only thing resembling a human relationship he has is with his surprisingly young boss, their respective maturity levels plunging in each other's presence.

The only thing that humanizes Rick is his daughter. Not that he's a good parent, or takes more than a passing interest in her life. It's only when that classic patriarchical attitude of protecting - at least the appearance - of her being virginal, does he begin to show another side.

It's too little, too late. His schemes to save her are doomed to profound failure, and it's just not possible to muster up the sympathy for the movie to work. The premise has potential, but would have required a much lighter touch to actually pull off. The ending was telegraphed way too early, leaving the last act empty - whether it was aiming for suspense or dread is a matter of debate, but it fails on both accounts.

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