Thanks to Terry O’Quinns’ chilling central performance and a script by crime novelist Donald E Westlake, Ruben’s version emphasised the irony of a real estate agent obsessed with creating the perfect family home. Dylan Walsh’s one-note portrayal of the sociopathic David is a poor substitute, while director Nelson McCormick and hack writer J S Cardone have replaced savage social comment with lame thriller clichés. The best they can come up with is a few modern plot gimmicks to do with mobile phones. Spare a thought for slender actress Amber Heard, who, as the suspicious Michael’s neglected girlfriend Kelly, is reduced to modelling a brief bikini. At least she was spared the gratuitous shower scene that earned Jill Schoelen her short-lived teen ‘scream queen’ status.
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