For Susan Smith (Emilia Clarke), there was no real prospect for a long time. She lives with her children in a shabby hut, and her marriage to drug dealer Cash (Johnny Knoxville) has collapsed. When she meets FBI agent Mark Putnam (Jack Houston), who may finally be the long-awaited escape as a drug scene informant, she finally finds meaning and excitement in her life. But she finds even more, because over time they get closer, and the collaboration quickly turns into a heated intrigue. But there is a problem: Mark and Katie (Sophie Lowe) are married and have no plans to change anything. This, in turn, is not enough for Susan, who increasingly sees herself as a woman next to him ...
This is one of those clichés that girls like to repeat: they all dream that one day they will be saved by a handsome prince on his stately horse, with whom she will be happy until the end of her days. This dream is probably very present in Susan as well, when she sees in the FBI agent an opportunity to escape her sad existence. There are only a few tricks. Mark is not a prince. He, too, does not live in a beautiful castle, but in a seedy town with a bunch of drugs, but without a future. Susan herself is also unlikely to be suitable for life at court, but a single mother, is not averse to drugs and who would also go through corpses for her own purposes.
Into the swamp. No, she's not a popular figure. This is very rare in Above Suspicion. On the contrary, a true thriller based on true events brings together so many terrible people that they have already abandoned the concept of good and evil. While fatal encounter movies usually have at least one side to keep your fingers crossed, you won't find a real reason for it here. Susan, who is becoming more and more insane and wants Mark to relax his wife, is as unfit for this as shamelessly manipulating the object of desire. If you even felt sorry for the informant in the beginning, it will soon be over.
This is especially notable thanks to the cast: Emilia Clarke is actually cast in heroine roles such as Last Christmas or Solo: A Star Wars Story. Seeing her as someone who is actually more of an antagonist than a protagonist is refreshing. In principle, the actress is doing well too. Rather, the script becomes too much of an obstacle for them. In particular, the dialogues are terrible, they want to be tragic and deep, terribly serious, but above all, involuntarily funny. Best case scenario. In the worst case, you might get angry with what some people consider to be true interpersonal communication.
Predictable boredom. What's strange in this context is the decision to talk so much about the voiceover, which also anticipates a lot of what will happen later. Then there is talk of hell, perhaps someone wanted to create a fatalistic mood with this, if the hopeful exit leads more and more into the abyss. First of all, it means that Above Suspicion is very boring. In fact, you know from the very beginning what you need to know, you only wait about 100 minutes for the event to happen.
The problem isn't even that the movie puts tickets on the table too early. In the end, it's not just the “what” in action that is interesting, but the “why” as well. Director Philip Noyce (Salt, Keeper of the Memory - Giver) fails to really convincingly demonstrate this development. The view of rural, detached America rejects any form of authenticity, but tries to manipulate it with color filters, intrusive music, and the mentioned voice in such awkward ways that one wants to quickly put an end to the evil in order to end it. ... It's so exaggerated, without any intuition, that Above Suspicion often resembles a trash noir caricature.