The Watcher (2000)

This has to be one of the worst big-studio movies released during the 2000s. Despite the participation of Keanu Reeves, James Spader and Marisa Tomei, there’s just no reason to watch this whatsoever: The screenplay is wincingly terrible, the acting is barely emotionally ambulant, and the music choices are distracting and obstructive. But really, it’s the direction that dooms the movie from the get-go. Director Joe Charbanic seems to have no grasp of directorial conventions and employs a series of lame choices (like washed-out photography and sub-television narrative flourishes) that only draw attention to the story’s lack of cohesion or suspense. Rumor has it that Reeves was conned into making this movie and that his participation attracted top talent, which would explain how such great potential is wasted so thoroughly on a rank amateur like Charbanic.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

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