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While She Was Out

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Cast: Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer

Director:Sarah Montford


Year: 2009


Della Myers is an upper-class housewife that lives in a private condominium in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband Kenneth. Della gives all the attention to the twins, neglecting their house and her appearance and upsetting Kenneth. On Christmas Eve, she drives to the local mall to buy wrapping paper for the gifts, and she does not find any parking space available. When she sees an old car parked on two spots, she leaves a message to the owner calling him "selfish jerk". When the mall closes, Della's car blocked in by four punks who begin to harass her. When the security guard of the mall protects her, he is shot in the head by Chuckie, Della speeds up her car trying to escape from the criminals. However she crashes her truck next to a forest she must grab a toolbox she has to use to defend herself from the young men who are now out to hunt her down.

This movie had two things going for it that I really like before even hitting the play button on my remote, one is I always enjoy a good thriller and secondly I have always been a fan of Kim Basinger she is very talented and was always one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and she continues to be as well. The film opens setting up Della's horrific home life with her abusive husband played by Craig Sheffer. The scene lets us see her as a victim and not one with much hope of fighting back or sticking up for herself. When she is attacked by this group of thugs she tries her best to seem tough but when the guys kill the security guard she makes a run for it and ends up in the woods with nothing but a toolbox to protect herself with. This is where all that held in rage finally begins to surface as she is faced with kill or be killed decisions. The leader of this group of troubled young men is Chuckie who is played by Lukas Haas. Luckas does a very good job playing this psycho role. Sure the film lacks logic at times and has faults but I for one thought it was a lot of fun. There is action from beginning to end with only a few dry spots in between and the suspense and pace are jacked up to the maximum. If your a fan of mainstream movies like this then there is no doubt you are going to enjoy this one. The ending might seem a little abrupt by I thought it fit the movie perfectly and it also gives you a little something to think about after as well. Co-Produced by Guillermo del Toro and anything this genius of cinema makes or is involved in I am glad to support. Also on a side note the DVD cover art is fantastic and should surely help with both rentals and sales of this edge of your seat thriller. The DVD comes with Special Features that include:

Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85

Audio: Dolby Digital - English

Additional Release Material:

Making Of

Audio Commentary: Susan Montford- Writer/Director - ; Don Murphy - Producer


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Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. **** Out Of *****