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Home Video: 'Black Butterfly'


Black Butterfly is a remake of a French thriller (Papillon Noir, of course) and it's out now on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand. Antonio Banderas (Desperado, Puss in Boots in all the Shrek movies) is an author with a wicked case of writer's block and Jonathan Rhys Myers (Mission: Impossible III, The Tudors) is a drifter who intervenes in a diner fight and then takes over the writer's life. Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly, Cover Affairs) is the real estate agent who's trying to help the writer sell his house after his wife has disappeared.


It starts off as a psycho-in-remote-cabin movie before there's a giant twist that takes over the last 20 minutes of the movie. Except, wait! There's a double twist at the end.

The movie takes place in a remote Colorado town but it was filmed in Italy. Director Brian Goodman is best known for his work as an actor (Rizzoli & Isles, Chance, Aquarius) and he does a good job of opening up a script that seems more like a play than a feature. Unfortunately, this ain't Cape Fear and these guys are no match for Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum (or even Nick Nolte ad Robert De Niro, if you prefer the 90s version). Antonio has never quite mastered English and he's not really your guy for a movie that relies so much on verbal banter between its leads.


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