The Perfect Realtor
Shelby Wilson (Brittany Underwood) is one of many young adults who attended a talk given by successful realtor Paulette Bolton (Josie Davis) and after listening to her is convinced she wants to work for her even as an unpaid intern. But right away, on her first day of working as Paulette's assistant she begins to have her doubts as first there is a run in with a heavily tattooed man demanding money and then Paulette asks her to do something illegal by pretending to be a buyer to try and drive up a real buyer's price. What Shelby doesn't know is that those who cross Paulette and those who work for her often turn up dead as Paulette is not the successful, glamorous realtor she makes herself out to be and has some rather dodgy connections.
I have mentioned before that actress Josie Davis has killer eyes, the sort which have a piercing quality about them and constantly grab your attention. I would bet that the producers of "Backstabbed" cast Davis not only because she is a good actress but because she has the perfect eyes for a woman with a sort of split personality and a real psycho side which is the rather strange appeal of this movie. Yes watching how psycho Paulette becomes and how false her glamorous life is, is what is entertaining about "Backstabbed". And whilst Josie Davis lays it on thick in places, be it as the psycho killer or as the confident realtor, it is the twisted nature of her character which keeps you watching.
Unfortunately what that means is that the side of the movie which is all about Shelby working for Paulette and discovering her psycho nature and secrets is not that entertaining. The trouble is that Shelby is too weak in comparison to Paulette; I suppose you could say too normal but it means that what she does is not that interesting. Not only that but you can guess from the minute she meets Paulette that probably at the end of the movie she will be fighting for her life having uncovered exactly what this glamorous realtor is really up to.
What this all boils down to is that on one hand "Backstabbed" has an entertaining performance from Josie Davis who is perfect for the movie. But then on the other you have the actual story and sadly it is all a bit ordinary and unsurprisingly convoluted in places.