Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. Merges Home Invasion, Relationships For Intriguing View
Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. Film Details
Director: Ate de Jong
Writer: Mark Rogers
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Release Format: Video On Demand
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Running Time: 1h 27min
A stranger breaks into the house of a couple, ties up the husband and, having a whole weekend at his hand, plays a slow game with the woman, a game of threats, fear, obedience – and intimacy.
Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is a remarkable entry to the home invasion concept. The writer and director created a fresh perspective on the theme. There are many compelling aspects to this production. The film did not express BDSM aesthetics with a lack of research. From the Chinese rope bondage to the training all consideration went into delivering a philosophy. Having a personal understanding of BDSM it was of surprise to see a sense of accuracy to the art-form.
On most instances, the BDSM culture has a negative portrayal. The lifestyle often has a malicious and/or freakish interpretation. On the other side of the coin, Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is not the vanilla fifty shades of lame.
The violence portrayed in the film is raw and unflinching. Yet, the spectacles remain at a casual pace. Director Ate de Jong avoids over-saturating the production with unnecessary brutality. Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. does well in granting tense filled expositions in its ninety-minute running time.
The gore remains minimal and this works out well for the production. Instead of full force violence director Ate de Jong opts to use suggestive imagery. Also, Ate de Jong finds elaborate angles to express the story through a visual medium.
The cast delivered outstanding on-screen chemistry. Each portrayal strengthened aspects of the underlying message. The antagonist had remarkable prose. This character has a worthy purpose that ties to his deeds. It is this trait that connects well with the viewer.
The backdrop for Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is isolated within the confines of an abode. Yet, the film does not emit a feeling of claustrophobia. Different locations of the set are given enough time to break any sense of boredom.
Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. fails with a convoluted charade of ACT III. The final moments of the film do not equate to the finesse exhibited in the preceding two Acts. The fault lies with the violent demeanor exhibited by the character, Tom. Ample time was needed to make this reaction mature with success.
Also, it seems illogical to place the antagonist in a profession open to public exposure. If his deeds are serial it would not take long for his capture to be imminent.
Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is a work of art that accommodates BDSM themes. Yet, the film is not intended to serve as a venture into eroticism and sadomasochism. This is mere face value.
Mark Rogers penned a script that raises awareness of tragedies within relationships. Infidelity, deceit and a sense of purpose become the thematic subtext to ponder. The narrative coupled with Ate de Jong’s directorial finesse makes this film a must see.Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive