Staging an Old Murder
It's been five years since Diana (Lindy Booth - Sound of Christmas) gave evidence in court which put away a man, Louis (Craig Olejnik), for the murder of her father and her fiancee but she still lives in her father's mansion, rattling around the place all on her own. The situation frustrates her brother, Chris (Jon McLaren - Trust No One), as he part owns the family estate and really wants to sell the place. But things take a turn for the surprising when the man Diana helped put away not only escapes from prison but holds her hostage, having broken in. He claims he is innocent and Diana begins to wonder whether her eyewitness testimony put the wrong man away as he spots things in the security video which weren't noticed before.
As I watched "Eyewitness" I found myself thinking that originally the idea was for this story to be a stage play as it certainly lends itself to it. I say that because after the set up which establishes that Diana is still struggling with the loss of her father and fiancee, whilst also establishing that her brother wants to sell the family home, we get to the crux of the movie. That crux is Louis holding Diana hostage and working through the events from five years earlier which leads to various flashback scenes. On stage I could see this with one side of the stage having Louis holding Diana hostage and then on the other side those flashback scenes being acted out.
As to "Eyewitness", well it is a solid movie with Louis telling Diana things she never knew about her father, her fiancee as well as the family lawyer, which begins to put in to question what really happened 5 years ago. And of course we also have established early on that her brother is very keen to sell the family home, one glorious mansion which requires cleaners and gardeners etc etc. As such it is a case that slowly, like in an old Columbo movie, we get to see that all is not as it first appears when it came to the murder and Louis appears to do what many innocent men do in movies, desperately try to clear his name. The question is; is there a twist to "Eyewitness" when it comes to who the killer is?
What this all boils down to is that "Eyewitness" isn't anything new and it certainly doesn't break new ground but it is watch able and as I said almost has a feel of a stage play adapted to work as a movie. Part of what makes it watch able is that Lindy Booth and Craig Olejnik deliver likeable characters that draw you in.