31st Jan2014

‘Penthouse North’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Andrew W. Walker, Michael Keaton, Barry Sloane, Trevor Hayes, Tilo Horn | Written by David Loughery | Directed by Joseph Ruben


Written by David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace, Passenger 57) and directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With The Enemy, The Forgotten), Penthouse North is a thriller, and an old school one at that, mixing elements of mystery and tense, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere to create a tale of suspense that keeps you entertained for its ninety minute runtime.

The story revolves around Sarah (Monaghan) who lives in a penthouse apartment with her boyfriend, Ryan (Walker), she is a former military photo-journalist who lost her sight while on assignment in Afghanistan, and her relationship with Ryan is about to be explored as he is not all that he seemed.

The premise is intriguing and had the potential to be something dark and culturally relevant, but stumbles at times and finds itself becoming a run-of-the-mill thriller that doesn’t quite live up to expectations.

Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman) and Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, Source Code) are the familiar names when you look at this movie, and it’s nice to see Keaton again because it seems like a while since he was doing much of anything in film. His performance here is interesting, though a little cliched at times, but he still grabs attention when he is on screen. Monaghan is likeable in her role and does a commendable job with the script and story in front of her.

The writing isn’t bad, and the story isn’t either, but it feels a little predictable and like a very well trodden path when it comes to the twists and turns that we experience as the film progresses. It is one of those films that is interesting and entertaining enough to keep you watching until the end, but perhaps not one you would revisit in a hurry or necessarily recommend to friends.

Not a bad little movie but not a great one either, Penthouse North will sit on the shelf with other tolerable thrillers that could have been much better.

Penthouse North will be released on February 3rd  from Image Entertainment.


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