Suture, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's self-conscious exploration of identity and individuality, evokes a flashy remake of Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Jail Bait. Dennis Haysbert and Michael Harris play half-brothers Clay and Vincent Towers. Clay travels to Phoenix to meet with Vincent, whom he hasn't seen in years. Upon seeing one another, they are ...
Suture, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's self-conscious exploration of identity and individuality, evokes a flashy remake of Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Jail Bait. Dennis Haysbert and Michael Harris play half-brothers Clay and Vincent Towers. Clay travels to Phoenix to meet with Vincent, whom he hasn't seen in years. Upon seeing one another, they are amazed at their resemblance to each other. Clay remarks, "Isn't it remarkable how much we look alike?" The problem is they look nothing alike: Clay is a black man who could pass for a Dallas Cowboys linebacker, while Vincent resembles Ralph Nader. Nevertheless, after their reunion, the characters in the film have trouble distinguishing between the two, which is good for Vincent. Responsible for a murder, Vincent decides to fake his own death by substituting Clay for himself -- since no one will notice the old switcheroo. Vincent arranges for Clay's body to be discovered in the aftermath of an automobile explosion. Then Vincent can flee and start a new life. Unfortunately for Vincent, Clay survives the accident. Swaddled in bandages and ointments, Clay is attended to by the beautiful Renee Descartes (Mel Harris), a plastic surgeon who busily reconstructs his face. At the same time, his psychiatrist Dr. Max Shimono (Sab Shimono) tries to reconstruct his memories. Before the healing process ends, Vincent tries to get to Clay and make sure that this time he really dies. Paul Brenner, Rovi
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This movie had a very interesting concept, but was poorly executed. I liked the fact that these characters, who supposedly looked like twins, were played by actors of different races. Victor was rich, aloof, too slick, and apparently morally corrupt. Clay was working class, open, and at least appeared to have some values. After the attempted murder by car bomb, one would hope that Clay would regain his memory, prove his innocence, and give Victor his comeuppance. Well, he did get Vic, but his choice to reject his old life of poverty to "become" the very person who (probably) killed his own father spoke volumes about the power of money. From the viewer's perspective, it was also difficult not to see it as a rejection of his own life as a person of color in favor of "passing" as Caucasian. To give credit where it's due, there were lots of little sub-plots going on, but none were fully developed enough to engage the viewer.
Can't say whether it was the acting or the directing, but unless it's remade in the future, this is definitely not the movie to watch a second time. But...Dennis did look good in the shower!