A Kiss and a Promise (Review)

They’re always better together. Well, maybe not in this instance.

The film has a certain element of artistic touches as shown in the opening credits, which also reveal people have done multiple jobs in production. Instantly proves this is a low budget.

Our story begins with Charlie (Sean Power), a slacker who lives with couple David (Mick Rossi) and Samantha Beck (Natasha Greyson Wagner) in their little B&B Shack. He goes out to a breakfast cafe and talks to the patrons about how he wants to be a writer. Nobody really appreciates him though. The little town in Ontario has life going on in a pretty basic style. Until somewhere around the 15 minute mark when we learn that David is one of those, hyper sexual types, let’s just say.

He’s also a sociopathic killer who decides to murder the prostitute (Samantha Farrow) he cheated with and strangles her with his belt. (I’m seriously not making this up) In a subplot, another couple cope with the misery of their runaway daughter, Mary (Danielle Watling). She happens to come across David who offers to help her by driving her to a motel and making her promise she will return home next morning. Things don’t pick up until the 32 minute mark when the Becks make the decision to kick Charlie out next month and Mary is discovered dead. Who else believes David was responsible.

The local Detective Dolan (Patrick Bergin) discovers the dead ho in the motel next and looks for potential clues in who has been there last. But first we get more basic plot with everyone doing daily tasks. We later discover Charlie now has found a way to get money to pay rent through being a male prostitute. So much for being a writer. And FINALLY Dolan figures out it had to be David near the way end even if there’s not enough evidence to prove so. And the other last third of the whole movie is a mix between basic and out of control turmoil mixed with confrontation as David kills another woman and Sam confronts Charlie as she’s been snooping on him…

Well, there’s not a whole lot to this film. The synopsis makes the film sound exciting but it’s not so much. Still the characters are good and the plot proceeded along pretty well. I have to wonder what drove David to cheat with innocent women and kill them. Not only that, but it’s partially hard to believe he got away with those kinds of murders. Even for the year it took place.

The story is basic and the really thrilling parts don’t come up until so much later. Development is slow and dreary thanks to editing style but that is made up for as things get intense for everyone near the end. Karma sure knows how to strike in the most unpredictable ways. I think the Becks learned that the hard way.

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