A criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary.


Warwick Wilson is the consummate host. He carefully prepares for a dinner party, the table impeccably set and the duck perfectly timed for 8:30 p.m. John Taylor is a career criminal. He’s just robbed a bank and needs to get off the streets. He finds himself on Warwick’s doorstep posing as a friend of a friend, new to Los Angeles, who’s been mugged and lost his luggage. As the wine flows and the evening progresses, we become deeply intertwined in the lives of these two men and discover just how deceiving appearances can be.

In a tour-de-force acting turn, Hyde-Pierce gives us a look at his dark side, how a rather plain looking human being is perfectly capable of subjecting his “guest” to a rather different experience. Soon, the perfect host is having the best party of his life, while his guest of honor soon realizes the outcome of the party might not be at all that positive. In the end, we will have realized that nothing turns out the way we expected.

The script is not perfect, but it is a rather complex and entertaining piece, and as events develop and unfold, we know we are witnessing something special. Here is a writer that creates a psychological thriller where our protagonist carries out his fantasies, and the consequences are well somewhat strange. Then there is the predator, who is now more of a prey, and he learns, through his “party experience” as he reflects on the events leading to this night, that he might have never in a position of control.

The Blu-Ray comes with an HD Net featurette about the production, plus this weird commentary/interview dealie. I wish that the director would’ve been more open to talking about this peculiar film. There’s a lot of questions about how he wanted to position David Hyde-Pierce in the film. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, but I found that a lot of the quieter dialogue got stepped on. It’s pretty standard for most dramas even in uncompressed DTS 5.1 HD master audio. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.



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