Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Joe Johnston could have done anything after Captain America: The First Avenger, and what he chose to do was run in the opposite direction with a micro-budget thriller.
Not Safe for Work stars Max Minghella (The Social Network) as a paralegal who gets trapped in his office building with a killer (J.J. Feild) on the loose. It’s the latest from producer Jason Blum, the hotshot producer behind Paranormal Activity, Sinister, and Insidious. So the pedigree is pretty promising, but how does the film itself look? Watch the trailer (which, despite the title, is totally SFW) after the jump.
Not Safe for Work was made on the cheap, which is fine; most of Blum’s movies are. The problem is that this film actually looks it. While the premise is solid, it’s executed in the least imaginative way possible. The dialogue is clunky and obvious, the acting looks wooden, and the violence looks uninspired. Even the villain is a dud — he just looks like a cut-rate version of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. Oh well. They can’t all be winners.
And it seems the studio is perfectly aware of the movie’s shortcomings as well. Not Safe for Work is skipping theaters and heading straight to home video on April 15.
From the director of Captain America: The First Avenger and The Wolfman comes a psychological thriller about an unsuspecting office worker, Tom Miller (Max Minghella, The Social Network), who becomes trapped in his office building with a demented Killer (J.J. Feild, Captain America: The First Avenger). As Tom rushes to protect those employees working late, he soon discovers that his legal firm has been hiding sinister secrets that could put thousands of lives at risk. From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, comes a terrifying, psychological thriller where an ordinary office becomes a twisted killing ground.