Friday, December 9, 2016

Now on Netflix: Swept Under (2015)

Swept Under movie posterSwept Under (2015) - Directed by Michael Poulette; Written by Doug Barber, James Phillips; Starring Devin Kelley, Aaron Ashmore, Stephen Bogaert.

By Kenny Howell

There is a place for run of the mill TV procedurals.

A lot of them are cheesy and incredibly cliched, but when they are done well, mostly when the cast clicks and they hit all the high notes, they can be a ton of fun.

Swept Under, which originally aired on the Lifetime Movie Network under the much worse title Maid for Murder, is one of those fun little stories.

It follows the story of Morgan whose job is to clean up crime scenes after the detectives have done their work. While cleaning, she can't help but examine the mess to put together what might have happened. A detective, Nick Hopewell, notices that when they run into each other one time at a scene. Hating his current partner, he invites Morgan to look at another scene thinking she has a knack for detective work. The two become an unorthodox detective team, mostly being that one of them is not a detective, and they create quite a spark along the way.

Two things really work for Swept Under. The first of those is the chemistry between the charming Devin Kelley and laid back Aaron Ashmore works extremely well. It seems like the start of a TV show pairing that they could get several seasons worth of crime solving. It would be one of those shows your parents watch that you turn your nose up at, but when it's on the TV you can't help but watching.

The other part is a pretty drastic twist that happens about halfway through the film. It changes everything and is quite ballsy for director Michael Poulette. It loses some of that shock and limps a bit toward the end, but for easy, throwaway entertainment, Swept Under is pretty solid.

Swept Under is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

1 comment:

  1. For a movie that was originally a TV production, this film is a fine piece of film making. Devin Kelley's acting is so natural and enchanting it begs the question, where has she been in feature films ? I get the sense that we have not seen the last of her in larger feature projects. I never saw the shocker (just past the midway part of the film) coming. Aaron Ashmore's low key, but effective portrayal of the police detective is also noteworthy. I assume the murder scenes were "bloodied up" for theatrical Netflix release. Nevertheless, they are not gratuitous, but realistic for the theme of the movie. Hopefully we will see more of Mr. Poulette's work in the future. Swept Under is a surprisingly good movie.