The title says it all. Overwrought psycho thriller Inconceivable is so wildly implausible it will leave you shaking your head in disbelief or hooting with laughter.
The set-up finds innocent-seeming single mom Katie (ex-Neighbours’ star Nicky Whelan) worming her way into the home and affections of Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage’s well-heeled medics, Angela and Brian. Thanks to a lurid flashback to her past, we know there’s something dodgy about Katie. And Brian’s wary mother (Faye Dunaway in a thankless part) has her suspicions too.
Yet Angela and Brian clearly haven’t seen The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Katie is soon ensconced in their guesthouse with her cute four-year-old daughter to act as the couple’s nanny. Trouble duly ensues.
As the plot unfolds, writer Zoe King, daughter of Red Shoe Diaries creator Zalman King, cooks up a convoluted intrigue involving surrogate mothers and embryo donors. The coincidences pile up, but the action never gets particularly gripping.
Certificate 15. Runtime 101 mins. Director
Inconceivable is available on DVD, VOD & Digital HD from Arrow Films.
A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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