Movie Review: Indiscretion (2016)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2016 thriller starring Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus.

Synopsis: Dr. Veronica Simon has spent a great deal of effort being the perfect politician's wife, even pushing aside her own political aspirations in support of her husband despite rumors he is having an affair. When he and their daughter are out of town, Veronica, feeling neglected, winds up having a weekend fling with a mentally-ill local artist, Victor, who develops an obsession with her and begins stalking her and her family.


I came across this movie a couple days ago and, mostly because I couldn't find anything else that looked interesting (other than a couple Christmas movies we've already watched a couple times this year), decided to watch it with my wife. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this movie because it seemed like it had to be the potential to be a porn film disguised as a thriller (I didn't realize, at the time, it was originally a made-for-TV film). But, as it turns out, it was actually pretty entertaining.

I think the thing I found I enjoyed most about this film was the various characters and the surprising amount of depth they had. Veronica (Sorvino), for example, was much more unpredictable than I was expecting her to be, even to the point I began to wonder if she was really a victim in all of this or (as the movie actually suggests) was really the villain. Every decision she made throughout the film seemed to have more than one possible motive and that made the film much more intriguing than I was expecting.

The character that I found I liked best, however, had to be her politician husband, Jake (Elwes). The reason for this was he was really hard to read. There were times when he seemed like a devoted family man who was regretting his decision to run for the U. S. Senate. Then, other times, he seemed like he cared more about his political career than his family. As a result, I wasn't sure if his devoted father/husband moments were real or if he was just being a good politician.

As a result of that, combined with Victor's (Backus) own lack of stability, this movie wound up not following the same predictable pattern I was expecting it to follow. In fact, the ending was actually pretty intense to the point I began to wonder who (if anyone) would wind up surviving and, if they did get out of this alive, if Veronica and Jake would ever have the same relationship again. There aren't many movies in this specific genre that I have been able to say that about.

Final Opinion

As I said before, I was a little concerned this movie would focus too much time on the sex and forget it was supposed to be a thriller. But, overall, it wound up being an entertaining film I enjoyed watching. I would recommend it as a result.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 12/22/2018, StevenHelmer
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