Messages Deleted

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  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 4.9  (2,226)

Messages Deleted is a psychological thriller released in 2010 and starring Matthew Lillard, Deborah Kara Unger, and Gina Holden. The film is directed by Rob Cowan and written by Larry Cohen. The story follows Joel Brandt (Matthew Lillard), a lonely and depressed man who works as a night-shift janitor at a university. Joel is deeply troubled by the recent breakup with his girlfriend, and spends most of his time in a state of anxiety and despair. One night, while cleaning up a room late at night, he stumbles upon a stash of romantic messages and erotic photos on a computer. Out of curiosity, he starts reading the messages and becomes increasingly intrigued by the steamy love affair portrayed in the emails.

However, things take a dark turn when Joel realizes that the emails are from a married professor, Peter Burton (Michael Eklund), who is having an affair with a student, Cindy (Gina Holden). Joel decides to interfere, and begins to sabotage the illicit relationship by deleting key messages and photos from the computer. As he continues to meddle in the affair, he finds himself becoming more and more obsessed with the lovers and their twisted game of seduction and betrayal.

When Peter discovers that his emails are being tampered with, he becomes furious and accuses Cindy of being unfaithful. Cindy, in turn, suspects Joel of being the culprit and confronts him. Tensions and suspicions escalate, and Joel finds himself caught in a dangerous triangle of jealousy, scheming, and violence. As he struggles to escape from the dark web he has spun, he comes face-to-face with his own demons and the true extent of human madness.

In Messages Deleted, the director successfully creates a tense and claustrophobic atmosphere, using lighting and camera angles to capture Joel's paranoia and confusion. The film also raises interesting questions about the nature of voyeurism, obsession, and morality in the digital age. Matthew Lillard delivers a convincing performance as a troubled and unstable man, while Deborah Kara Unger adds depth and complexity to the role of the detective who investigates the crimes that Joel has unknowingly committed. Gina Holden also shines as Cindy, the young woman caught between two men and her own desires.

Overall, Messages Deleted is a haunting and unsettling thriller that explores the dark corners of the human psyche and the dangers of technological voyeurism. With its engrossing plot, strong acting, and thoughtful direction, it is a must-watch for fans of psychological thrillers and suspenseful dramas alike.

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    4.9  (2,226)