Fatale is an erotic thriller that is neither thrilling or erotic however, I still enjoyed the watch. The plot was fun but where the film fails was the chemistry between Swank and Ealy. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
Fatale is now available to stream On Demand and stars Michael Ealy along with Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank. With a name like “Fatale” one would think this movie is a take on Glenn Close’s Fatal Attraction and while the name is very similar, the story is very different. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
Fatale Parents Guide Movie Review
Derrick (Michael Ealy) is a very successful sports agent who is a bit unhappy in his marriage. After a get-away to Vegas, he ends up having a one night stand with Valerie Quinlan (Hilary Swank). When Derrik returns, he is commited to working on his marriage with the affair behind him. However after a break in at his home, Derrick has to confront his affair because the lead detective on the case is Valerie and things spiral from there.
Fatale Movie Age Appropriate
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before allowing their kids to view Fatale.
Language: Fatale contains some harsh language. Curse words include the F-Word, the S-word and the N-word (in the background song lyric).
Sexual Content: There are many sex scenes within the movie, as you will see the sexual acts taking place and even clothes being ripped off. Despite the many sex scenes, the nudity is minimal. You see side nude shots of characters but no actual uncovered breasts or genitals.
Violence: The film contains a lot of violence, guns and murder. You see multiple chracters shot, these gun shot wounds lead to their deaths and result in bloody crime scenes. There is also one disturbing scene in which child negligence leads to a minor becoming in possession of a weapon and an accidental shooting.
Drugs/Alcohol: Expect to see lots of drinking from the characters and even one scene in which the child negligence mentioned above, is caused from the adult in charged being passed out drunk.
I can give many accolades to Hilary Swank, for one she is a great actress, which has been celebrated with her Oscar win for Million Dollar Baby. But if there is one thing Swank is not, it is sexy and seductive. Fatale is “suppose” to be an erotic thriller and while many moments in Fatale may be suspenseful, it is neither thrilling nor erotic at all. This is mainly due to Swank and Ealy’s chemistry on screen, or lack there of. This is very apparent the night they meet in Vegas and have a sexy dance at the club there meet at. To me, the dance was almost laughable, as the two akwardly move on the floor.
And while the film itself isn’t that good and riddled with holes, I still enjoyed the watch. Aside from the awkard one night stand between Swank and Ealy, the interactions between the two the rest of the movie was quite enjoyable. Audiences are kept guessing if Detective Quinlan is actually trying to help Derrick or if it is more cat and mouse games. There is also a side story line with Quinlan’s ex-husband and child custody case, which is intriguing and I was bit disappointmented the film failed to pursue this story line further.
There is also a bigger picture to the film which can easily be overlooked. It is the word of a black man over a white female cop. In the very sensitive time we live in, with just last year our country and millions in it were marching to fight social injustice and police brutality, a film in which the protagonist is a wealthy black male who is trying to clear his name can hit hard for some. And while I don’t want to spoil the end, it definitely leaves viewers rooting for social justice all over again.
Go clear our name, son.