A Taste of Medicine

Adrian Dunbar in Act of God (2009)

The synopsis that I read prior to watching "Act of God" was a bit sparse and basically consisted of telling me that a heart surgeon was being terrorized by an unsettled man after choosing to donate a heart to one patient and not his girlfriend. It was enough to tempt me as the thought of an unhinged man blaming a surgeon for playing God interested me. The fact that "Act of God" features a strong cast including Adrian Dunbar and David Suchet was a bonus as was the fact that it creeps in at the 75 minute mark which means it should be intense.

But for a movie which only lasts 75 minutes the opening of Act of God" feels a bit meandering delivering several scenes surrounding the character of Frank having a chip on his shoulders interweaved with a scene of Dr. Cisco being shown around a property. We then get a major reveal one which I will refrain from going into but it puts into context of what we have just been watching. The question of why still lingers heavy as we don't know the background as to what has happened but it is enough to certainly spike your curiosity.

That is what "Act of God" has going for it, we have this unfolding drama which is extremely curious and if you have read the slim synopsis before hand you are wondering how it ever gets to it. It also has a very good cast with the entire cast from Suchet through to Max Brown all playing fascinating characters who spike are curiosity because we are kept in the dark about them. The only thing is that "Act of God" feels incomplete because it is one of those movies which just ends and for me as for others that is frustrating.

What this all boils down to is that "Act of God" probably doesn't look much, especially with its short running time but it is a fascinating thriller which draws you in and keeps you hooked by a storyline which reveals itself at its own pace rather than serving it up on a plate right from the word go.

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