“Suture” is a gorgeous looking film that borrows a lot from “Seconds”. By borrow, I mean it adds more racial subtext to the film, but that’s about it. Haysbert and Harris are strong in the lead roles, but the film remains as experimental as early Soderbergh. It doesn’t surprise me that Soderbergh ended up working as an executive producer on the film. The need to beat classification and challenge identity feels like it could’ve lined the background of any of his early films. But, what does it all mean when you look past its stunning cinematography?
If the central premise of why the brothers desire to switch identity can power you through the film, then you’ll enjoy what you’re seeing. However, this is going to annoy every casual viewer in your audience. I enjoy it as an experimental crime film and that works for me. It’s just that I’d consider it a lesser film due to the lack of its active narrative. But, Tackleberry shows up as a cop in a bit role. That counts for something, doesn’t it? DOESN’T IT?
- Deleted Scenes
- Short Film
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0 stereo
RELEASE DATE: 7/5/16
- Video - 99%99%
- Audio - 78%78%
- Supplemental Material - 94%94%
The Plot Thus Far
Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema. The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father’s funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity. After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography.