74 Min. | Thriller | July 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Director: Joe Johnston
Staring: Michael Gladis, Dan Bakkedahl, Max Minghella
Not Safe for Work Review: “An office worker is trapped inside the building where a killer is on the loose.” This is the summary for Not Safe for Work. Nothing more is given about the plot and assumed Not Safe for Work was sort of like a Halloween or Friday 13th movie with some maniac chasing a poor guy about the building trying to kill him. Fortunately, this is not what Not Safe for Work turned out to be and the plot is much more complex and satisfying than just some maniac murdering folks. Instead, it’s a pretty good little film—one that is not all about gratuitous violence. In fact, several times the film did have people killed but the director, Joe Johnston, chose not to show the violence in all its nastiness— something I really appreciated. Instead, Not Safe for Work is also about why all this was occurring instead of just about the killing—a smart decision.
Not Safe for Work is told from the viewpoint of Tom (Max Minghella)—a lowly paralegal at a huge law firm. Because Tom is ambitious, however, he’s gotten on the bad side of his bosses. They just want him to shut up and do his job. His desire to rise above the masses of paralegals gets him fired early on in Not Safe for Work. However, as he’s leaving the RBE law firm for, supposedly, the last time, he notices something strange—a hand off between two folks in the lobby. In other words, as one guy is leaving the building, another brings him an attache case and ‘accidentally’ leaves it behind and the guy entering picks it up and proceeds up the elevators to the firm. That’s certainly odd and Tom follows to see what’s happening. Once there, he’s shocked to see it’s much more serious than he thought, as he sees this man with the briefcase shoot one of the office workers in cold blood.
Not Safe for Work turns out to be a very taut and well executed thriller that is much more like Die Hard than Friday the 13th! The direction is very nice and the acting quite believable and recommend you see it. However, she tried to fight back and tried to shoot the guy a gun hidden in her purse. The killer did not know that Tom was hiding in the room. So after the killer left the room, why didn’t Tom bother to get the gun from the dead woman?! This is the sort of thing that doesn’t ruin the film but makes me wonder how they missed this. See Not Safe for Work. It’s worth your time and is awfully good and just goes to show you that you don’t need mega-stars and mega-budgets to make a good film.