A young man is very nervous about asking his girl to marry him. When he is about to do it, the couple is unfortunately mugged and one thing leads to another as the young man shoots and kills the offender. A law student himself, the young man descends into madness worrying about what he's done as the world falls apart around them.
Although this is a film I feel like I've seen before, Black Wine
was a good watch. An indie flick at heart, I felt that the performances were usually solid enough to anchor this one. The cover case bills it as though it is a Hitchcockian type of film although I didn't see much of that. In fact, this one isn't really horror so much as it is suspense. We've all seen a movie like this where the husband/boyfriend will go to any length to keep a secret, and this one doesn't offer much in terms of surprises.
Perhaps I'm wrong though and haven't seen enough Hitchcock though because this movie does indeed try to push you through and keep you guessing. The acting is quite good, Anson Scoville is the best of the bunch playing Trevor Taylor and Jennifer Marlowe is capable as Ashley. There were plenty of bizarre lines and a few odd scenes that seemed amateurish, but the players did the best with what they had. I did think it was a bit bizarre the way that some characters knew some of the things that they did, but that was forgivable.
By the time this film was over, I was definitely impressed. Although I hate to admit it, when I see 'indie film', I immediately tend to grade a movie like that against other low budget movies because usually they only have one or two good things going for them. Although this movie didn't look very good, the script was relatively tight and I liked the way the film's pace seemed to change halfway through to keep you guessing in terms of who was justified and who was not. The characters are written a bit over the top, but are relatable enough to be interested in and that's the film's anchor. The makeup was pretty terrible, and the plot points were at times contrived, but I definitely enjoyed this one enough to get through it.
This one is a little movie that could, not overly original but acted with enough gusto and just enough twists and turns to get it going. As an indie film it's great, as a regular film I don't know if you need to seek it out.