A disjointed hybrid of dysfunction drama and psychological thriller.

A disjointed hybrid of dysfunction drama and psychological thriller, “N-Secure” is certainly no odder than its protagonist — an abusive, suspicious, possessive, paranoid, violent and ultimately implausible character who nevertheless “is a beautiful person,” according to one of his girlfriends/punching bags. What should have been a cautionary tale about toxic relationships, or an outright comedy (given the character extremes), doesn’t know where it wants to go, except perhaps the discount DVD bin. Pic opened Oct. 15 in limited release.

Led by a camera that seems to have attention-deficit disorder, “N-Secure” introduces us to successful corporate exec David Washington (Cordell Moore), who leads a life so rigid he has his morning ablutions timed to the minute (shown in excruciatingly pointless detail). That David demands the same kind of personal discipline from everyone else makes him unbearable, and auds will wonder how he became so successful in business with such a paucity of interpersonal skills. After a disappointing engagement to Robin (the doe-eyed Essence Akins) and a fractious romance with Tina (Denise Boutte), David becomes a bit of a maniac, one who could have strangled his victims on his movie’s dangling plot threads.



A David M. Matthews Film presentation. Produced by Valerie Enloe, Bryce Southard. Executive producer, Julius Lewis. Directed by David M. Matthews. Screenplay, Julius Lewis, Christine Taylor.


Camera (color), Andy Dean; editor, Southard; music, Marc Ellis, Matthews; art director, Rachel Boulden; set decorator, Tyler Sheldon; costume designer, Meriwether Nichols. Reviewed at Loews Village 7, New York, Oct. 16, 2010. Running time: 109 MIN.


Cordell Moore, Essence Atkins, Denise Boutte, Tempestt Bledsoe.
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