Love Object

Starring: Desmond Harrington, Melissa Sagemiller and Rip Torn
Mosaic Entertainment
Certificate: 18
Available 07 June 2004

A socially insecure technical writer called Kenneth forms an obsessive relationship with Nikki, an anatomically accurate silicone sex doll that he orders over the Internet. But when his romantic life starts to take a turn for the better - he starts to become involved with the office temp - Nikki's jealous personality invades his consciousness. Kenneth becomes trapped in a perverse triangle, torn between the dominating silicone doll and the beautiful flesh and blood Lisa...

Love Object is like a breath of fresh air. I didn't know what to expect from this movie and came to it completely cold - which is probably the best way to approach it.

Desmond Harrington (The Hole, Taken) play the socially inept Kenneth who blows his "promised" bonus on the world's most realistic sex doll - which he has had specially designed to look like the new office temp. But the romance doesn't last for long and soon this anatomically accurate silicone toy ends up calling the shots.

Harrington is not quite believably geeky enough to pass as a social recluse - would he really need to spend all that money on a sex doll? His other co-workers are though, but he is far to good looking to pass as a techie nerd. Having said that, he does turn in a fantastic performance.

Melissa Sagemiller's Lisa, on first viewing, seemed a little under used. However, in retrospect it is essential that the audience doesn't get too close to her so that they can appreciate a little better why Kenneth puts her on a pedestal.

Rip Torn's (Men in Black) character seems a little two-dimensional when we first meet him - cold and unresponsive to his employees. His character might be a little too stereotypical of corporate bosses, but Torn puts in a believable performance without trying too hard.

This movie is being shoehorned into the horror genre but, in reality, it only really fits into this category in the closing act. The very slow, almost stagnant, build up helps to throw the viewer off-guard, so that when the closing scenes arrive they really whack a punch.

There are elements of black humour, horror and suspense and in conclusion this is an original and entertaining movie that I probably enjoyed a little more than I should have.

Nick Smithson