- Apr 1, 2001
I started in the review thread, but I'm not sure it's the right place and those post maybe deleted so I thought I would repost the stuff here.
My First Post:
My First Post:
I was wondering if anyone could actually explain the motivations of the characters in this movie. I had a hard time believing that Margaret would raise $50,000 just to keep the tape of her son from going to the police. I mean what does the tape prove? Anything substantial? Also, what makes the blackmailers believe that she actually has $50,000 in liquid assets that she can get her hands on. They have to know, or at least assume, that everything is co-owned between her and her husband and it with the husband not readily available, it would make it extremely difficult to get that kind of money. I liked the movie, but I kept getting distracted by not understanding the characters or their reasons for action.Michael Perez's response:
quote: Nagel really didn't care if Margaret had the money, nor did he care about how she would go about raising that kind of cash in such a short period of time.
I guess the unasked, but implied question, is what is the purpose of blackmailing someone that doesn't have the money? I mean if you are going to blackmail someone, it should be someone with the means of coming up with the money you ask for. Also, why didn't he just settle for the $12,000. It was obvious that she couldn't come up with any more in the given time frame. Also, why didn't she try and give them the Corvette. Even at black market rates it would have been worth something.
Also, a minor point that bugged me. How come she could drive the Corvette, but not the Nova. I know there are some Corvettes that have automatics in them, but I think that would be the exception instead of the norm.
Finally Michael Ruben's post:
Since this is a "review only" thread, most of these posts are at risk of deletion. But there's no "official discussion" thread, so here goes.
She doesn't see Darby fall onto the anchor; as I recall, she pushes him and runs away. The next morning she finds the body, and she doesn't know what happened. She's afraid to ask her son directly, because if he did meet up with Darby and kill him, she doesn't really want to know.
And BTW, even if she knew what had really happened, she'd risk a charge for involuntary manslaughter (at best) if she called the police. It wouldn't take long for the cops to establish that she'd recently been seen arguing with Darby in public.
And blackmailers usually operate on the theory that, if people are desperate enough, they'll find a way to raise the money.