Film Review “Pound of Flesh”

Directed by: Tamar Simon Hoffs
Starring:  Malcolm Mcdowell, Angus Macfadyen, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Timothy Bottoms, Dee Wallace, Bellamy Young, Taryn Southern, Whitney Able.
Distributed by: American World Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 96 minutes

Our Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I am not sure how to really categorize this film.  I feel that it falls between a mix of character drama and a touch of thriller.  It it enjoyable to watch but leaves you with open ended questions. Malcolm McDowell is a hell of a fine actor and he gets to shine in this film.   Angus Macfadyen also gives an intense performance as well.  The subject matter is deep in the world of prostitution and cover-ups, though I feel it only really scratches the surface on each one.

If you unaware of the story this is based on true events.  Noah Melville (Malcolm McDowell), a college professor, is a favorite amongst his students but also runs a prostitution ring to promote scholarships.  When one of these meetings goes array the situation ends in murder and the cops start suspecting Noah. Detective Patrick Kelly (Angus Macfadyen) becomes obsessed with getting to the bottom of this mystery.

Overall I wanted to really enjoy this film and the performances were very good but I had a problem with it’s message.  We were left wanting to feel bad for Noah Melville claiming he is just looking to help his students and they want us to forget that he was selling them as services.   I would have liked to see more background in the story of why Noah was performing in the his acts of prostitution.

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