Thank you. Thank you Shawn Piller and Scott Lew, director and writer of Sexy Evil Genius, respectively. Thank you for, in the four years since the end of Battlestar Galactica, finally giving firecracker Katee Sackhoff the film role she deserves. After Riddick, Campus Killer, and The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (seriously... WHAT about that title makes sense?!?), I was starting to believe that there was no one in the movie industry who understood what it was about Sackhoff that made her so dynamic. Because Sexy Evil Genius isn't just a really fun and entertaining film; it lets Katee Sackhoff shine.
The Plot: The ex-lovers of Nikki, a unpredictable, wild, sexy, and possibly crazy woman, are all summoned to a bar despite the fact none of them have seen her in years. When she arrives, with her criminal defense attorney/fiancé in tow, it becomes clear that this isn't just a fun get together. Nikki begins dredging up the past, and the odds of everyone surviving the night start to dwindle, as each ex starts to wonder who will be the one on Nikki's hit list.
Now, I have never made any bones about the fact that I have a raging heteroflexible girl crush on Katee Sackhoff. And let's be honest, I'd probably be willing to show up to an interview with her carrying my suitcases and 2.5 Jack Russell Terriers. But I have never let that color my opinions of her work. I am more than willing to admit that the Haunting in Connecticut sequel made no sense. (HOW CAN IT BE A SEQUEL IN ANOTHER STATE? I DON'T UNDERSTAND!) And Riddick was pretty damn rapey AND homophobic. So, I went into Sexy Evil Genius fully prepared to hate it. Why, you may ask?
- That title is vaguely stupid and one hell of a marketing-disater mouthful.
- I can't STAND Seth Green. I have NEVER been able to stand Seth Green. Not Can't Hardly Wait Seth Green. Not Robot Chicken Seth Green. Not Austin Powers Seth Green. Not even Buffy Seth Green. Just the sight of him tends to enrage me. I think it might have something to do with my pod person issues, similar to Elijah Wood, though at least Seth Green can grow convincing facial hair.
- I also have no patience for Michelle Trachtenberg. YES! I KNOW she was Mona on Pete & Pete. I also found Dawn annoying, Gossip Girl infuriating, and think she has ruined every horror movie she's been in. So... THERE!
Anyway, now that I'm done ranting, despite the presence of the goddess Katee, I was pretty sure that Sexy had more stacked against it than for it. I mean, yes, it DID have the current reigning Baldwin champion in addition to Katee (that being William, since Alec lost his mind), but really... Could this movie be saved by them alone? The answer is both yes and no. Yes; because both Katee and Billy are fantastic in the film. And no; because as much as I hate to admit it, not only is the story here excellent and consistently engaging, but both Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg were pretty wonderful. I know! I was shocked too.
Not once in the entire film does Green resort to snark or obnoxiousness to get his point across. In fact, he's the "straight man" of the movie and does the role proud. Because he focuses so well on maintaining a forthright and milquetoast middle-aged character for most of the movie, his few humorous scenes actually made me laugh. And I can't even begin to remember the last time Seth Green made me laugh. I was thoroughly impressed. The same can be said for Michelle Trachtenberg. Her role as a bi-sexual, former drug addict ER nurse seems like it could be easily overplayed, but she really settles into the part. The looks she gave Sackhoff's character, at turns enraptured and distrustful, were utterly believable. I don't think I have ever seen her more convincing.
And I certainly wouldn't want to leave out Harold Perrineau; an actor who I genuinely liked on Lost and Oz, but haven't seen a lot of lately. He played Nikki's former jazz musician boyfriend who may or may not have been responsible for getting her hooked on heroin. While the role may not have been quite as developed as the others, it was definitely fun to keep guessing whether or not he truly was the villain that Nikki portrayed him to be.
Overall, Sexy Evil Genius is the kind of revenge film that is actually a blast to watch; it may be a thriller, but you still manage to enjoy the ride. However, what I found most exciting about this movie is it features two awesome roles written for badass women that don't take any shit from anyone and that, my friends, is something the revenge genre has been sorely lacking as of late.
Rating: 4 1/2 Lovely Katees out of 5