Saturday, March 12, 2016


Sam Ellis is a man on the rise - a federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with a high-end escort instead turns into a growing addiction. His moral compass unraveling, his new demon threatens to destroy his life, family and career. (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)

ZIPPER is directed and written by Moa Stehpens and co written by Joel Viertel, produced by Marina Grasic, Mark Heyman, and Amy Mitchel-Smith. As one who watches another political drama / thriller entitled the House of Cards, a series on Netflix, the character motivations seem familiar. Whether or not you view politicians to be drawn from another cloth and held to a higher standard I think a great deal of Americans understand there is a whole other game being played behind closed doors, which in many ways this film show. The pace of the film was warranted slowly unraveling the main characters vigilance to his family, wife and career goals only to have them pushed aside for the desire for high priced anonymous sexual encounters. As these escapades eroded the main characters value system putting his entire life in jeopardy you could feel the tension build asking ‘What if he got caught? The film shot and told in a straightforward manner could have used some cinematic choices to heighten the viewer’s experience. Overall I gave Zipper 3 stars as an entertaining glimpse of the pressures of political office.

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