A man returns home to find his wife cheating on him on their anniversary. He holds her and her naked, humiliated lover captive at gunpoint while he decides whether or not he’s going to kill them. The story, inspired by true events, takes place over one day and is set in New Orleans during a stifling heat wave.
On their anniversary, Samuel (Sean Faris) is informed that he has to work late and calls his wife Ashley (Danielle Savre) to give her the bad news and to let her know he’ll be home by evening. Later that morning, he takes an early lunch, affording him the opportunity to surprise Ashley with flowers and chocolates when she comes in from work. When he arrives home though, he is puzzled to find her purse and driver’s license on the kitchen table instead of at work. He calls her cell phone and immediately hears it ringing from their bedroom, whereby he proceeds upstairs and finds her having sex with another man, Damien (Mehcad Brooks).
He grabs two handguns from his gun case and bursts into the room at which point both parties scramble for cover, embarrassed and scared. Samuel has thoughts of shooting both of them but instead, he blocks the bedroom door and then pulls up a chair and sits down. Here begins an afternoon of apprehension and trepidation, both Ashley and Damien afraid to say anything for fear of being shot but when Samuel asks them a question and demands nothing but the truth, things aren’t at all what they seem and Samuel begins to ascertain that part of this situation, might just partly be his fault.
As minutes turn into hours, the threesome uncover secrets about each other and when a concerned co-worker from Samuel’s workplace unexpectedly drops by, things go from bad to worse.
Director H.M. Coakley creates a taut and unyielding thriller with plot twists galore and fine performances from its lead actors. Granted, anybody familiar with Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects” might pick up on some of the film’s earlier intentional reveals but I have a feeling that they will slip by many and that’s a good thing, when you can’t see the finale coming a mile away, it makes for a more enjoyable and satisfying conclusion.
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