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Take two ambitious men, one top LA advertising firm, add a competition for the same high ranking job and you have the potential for an explosion. Instantly the competing men detest each other on sight. Handsome, clean-cut Steve Miller quit the LAPD to work in the calm environment of a business office. What he didn't realize was that the advertising industry was just as cut-throat as the mean streets of the City of Angels. When an exotic British newcomer is hired on, Steve knows this man is out for blood. Mark Richfield, the glamorous new kid in the office, soon wins favor with the big boss and co-workers causing Steve to cringe in jealousy. After a crazy night in the Santa Fe desert when a team building exercise on a business retreat goes wrong, the two men share a night of passion that neither can forget. Wrongly assuming Mark is gay, Steve is devastated to learn that he is planning to be married in a month's time. Meanwhile, Mark's life falls into a complete shambles as the wedding machine barrels full steam ahead and he no longer loves his increasingly demanding fiance. Torn between passionate love and passionate hatred, Steve and Mark endure agonizing decisions that will affect their lives forever.
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I loved this movie. I recently re-watched it and was amazed at how well it was done, especially given its limited budget. Some of the supporting cast’s performances were good and some not so good. But the pacing, set design and cohesiveness of the plot were exceptional. The cinematography was stellar, using great aerial and freeway footage of L.A. And the music, much of which I believe was written for the show, was incredible; it really intensified and deepened key scenes like the beach, the car drives (all of them) and the scenes in Steve's bedroom.
The two leads were superb and their portrayals are not only passionate but, importantly, ring true to people who have been in this situation. Both Eric and Gregor are incredibly handsome men, in very different ways, and their chemistry and attraction for each other poured off the screen. They both deserve future consideration for meaty, demanding roles.
I have to say that the movie was intensely and beautifully erotic, but never slipped into any semblance of pornography or even soft-porn kitsch. The scene with Steve in his officer’s uniform “frisking” Mark against the wall could be studied by novice filmmakers on how to depict explosive sexual tension without the need to bare a lot of skin. And the few subtle scenes of the naked male form lovingly caught both the power and vulnerability of a man’s body and soul.
Best, the ending was joyful, as it had to be for these two characters. I note from people who read the novel that this was a pretty faithful interpretation of a great and romantic book.
Give this movie a chance. It’s tastefulness, attention to detail (especially in some great music during key scenes) and, most importantly, some great acting by the two leads paint a worthy image of two men deeply in love.
The character, Steve, failed to develop sufficient depth, most of which should have been fleshed out earlier rather than later, but Eric makes a valiant effort to give Steve substance as the script allowed. Mark was emotionally difficult to nail down, and although Gregor's acting was perfectly believable in most of his scenes, it didn't always seem like the same character. The supporting cast was rather flat in their portrayals, defaulting more to the script and the leads' pretty faces than the competent delivery of their lines.
The cinematography was superb, and visual editing, crisp. The engaging original score and songs, crucial to the film's pace, prevented a cliche descent that would have resulted from the use of commercial radio tunes. Sound editing and audio levels were out of sync in half a dozen places, with the music often overpowering dialogue, none of which can be dismissed if we are to follow the storyline. In at least 3 places I had to rewind and adjust the volume to hear what was said.
Also on the plus side, the chemistry between Steve and Mark was more than adequate, and their kissing/intimate scenes definitely NOT laborious. And for many of us, a good bit of passionate hot guy on other hot guy action covers a multitude of "meh".
Had this movie been given more run-time and more detail, and a little more finesse, it could have delivered a far more viable message.as well as a higher level of entertainment.