on DVD from, Penthouse North is a slicker than usual
B-movie film that tells the story of a blind woman who
does not know the truth about her boyfriend and how
they can afford such a great penthouse apartment in
New York City.
The action takes place over one New Years Eve night
and our heroine played with great finesse by he
beautiful Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible 3 and
Source Code) as Sara, a war photographer coming to
terms with the loss of her vision. On NYE in NYC
she runs some errands, comes home and realises there
is an intruder in her home, Chad (Barry Sloane).
Her ailment obviously makes her unaware until she
comes across her dead boyfriend; this is a wonderful
scene as she walks round the prone body and only comes
aware of his fate when she slips in a pool of his
Sara overcomes Chad and escapes her building and when
seeking help she encounters the charming Hollander
played by Michael Keaton (who appears in Robocop out
this Friday). However, after a brief period of calm we
realise Chad and Hollander are in cahoots.
Exposition allows the criminals to explain they are
after cash and diamonds, meaning they trash he place
and hope the disposable boyfriend had told Sara where
the money is situated in the flat. The film then
descends into a cat and mouse game between the blind
girl and the two criminals. We get the criminals
descend into madness as they try to one-up each other.
The discovery of the diamonds is handled with great
aplomb in one of the few original moments of the
film. That is the unfortunate nature of the
screenplay, try as the capable actors do to elevate
their one-dimensional characters.
However, due to the vulnerability of Sara you sense no
harm will come onto her from Hollander. The
films conclusion harkens back to the days of Alfred
Hitchcock Presents.. as the heroine gets the rewards
and the spoils.
Whilst this is a B movie, it is a gripping serviceable
fare and seeing Keaton on the screen is always a
Penthouse North is out on DVD from Image Entertainment
now for £12.99 on DVD and £15.99 Blu-Ray