Starring: Patrick Wilson, Lena Headley, and, Ray
Directed by" Mora Stephens
is brilliant. From the acting, to the story…timely, on point
and ultimately one of the scariest films since Leatherface made
his visceral introduction. Though, let me be clear, Zipper
is not a genre-horror film. It is a superbly played look into
Candidate X…and his zipper issues. Yet, really, truly, scrumptiously
wonder how exactly an ‘upstanding’ kinda guy, who
preaches about the evils of sex-for-money, ultimately becomes
a card-carrying member of the Elite Escort Club? Sure ya have.
Zipper quietly takes you on the ride. You start in the
Tunnel of Love, on to the inevitable Rollercoaster, and Bumper
Cars ending in a faux-refreshing (eye-opening stomach-churning)
splash of ice-cold filthy water covering your psyche and leaving
you in need of a long soothing shower as your canoe hits the plot
with a wave of awareness. Zipper is that strong a film.
course, the cast helps. And that is to be read as paramount. Come
sit a spell with the doe-eyed, sneaky, ruthless, and simply driven
with the need for power – a helluvan evening’s viewing.
Patrick Wilson is stellar. Lena Headley does a wonderful spin
on the “gotcha”. And, Ray Winstone, per usual, leaves
you speechless in his slithering capabilities. The emotions, the
why, and the simple, “Okay, onward”…it’s
all shown here – and shown naked.
This is not a kids’ film. It’s absolutely for a mature
audience; in both subject and the material, underbelly of many
concurrently running very real worlds in which people play around