S&M is real in right now which means it’s time to find the movie that best calculates just how far to simulate the public with the new, hot release of the moment ergot we get movies like 50 Shades of Grey, Kink (a documentary from James Franco), The Secretary even and Going Under a movie that explores BDSM from a nearly romantic perspective without showing itself to be shallow but rather romantic in a sense. This does not mean that Going Under is the companion piece to 50 Shades. In fact, from what I’ve read of 50 Shades of Grey that picture is a Harlequin romance novel for neo-housewives and househusbands trying to break out of their daily hamster wheel and feel dangerous.
Going Under is for folks who have played around with their sensuality; perhaps as single and who want to better understand their relationships to people through it and perhaps in spite of it. That being said I found the movie to be rather lengthy, emotive and somewhat dull. That’s only because my expectation was set at Marquis de Sade level when it should have been set to empathic exploration mode. Those are very different positions to be in. I haven’t had a meaningful thought about S&M in at least ten years, so for me this movie becomes about watching how relationships form and transgress. This is not easy task for a guy whose favorite movies from 2014 involved exploding splatter everything.
This movie stars Roger Rees who is in a ton of movies and absolutely terrific in both this movie and the majority of the pictures in which I have seen him. Funny how the mind works… I solely associate him with A Christmas Carole starring George C. Scott. He plays Scrooge’s nephew, the one with all the energy and good will. Take that image and transpose it to Going Forward. Rees is the submissive. He’s sexually tortured (gently) throughout the movie. You see him naked. I just saw Scrooge’s nephew naked and all I can think of is… Tight as a drum. Those of you who are familiar with A Christmas Carol will surely understand my predicament.
Going Under predates the 50 Shades fad by seven years which is obvious because it is a much deeper picture/work of fiction. It is much less focused on the sexually tangible and instead takes on erotic though in much the same way that de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedrom did (with less anal). Much more “in your head”. This feels like a very uncharacteristic release for Blue Underground, the fount of trash and sleaze pictures from Europe and the 1980’s. Of course this is originally a Blue Underground DVD, but I'm still stumped. How did this proactive drama slip in? For those of you in need of something more sensual and less filthy, this might be the thing that gets you laid.
Check out Going Under released by Blue Underground.
From Blue Underground:
Peter, a married psychotherapist, and Suzanne, a professional dominatrix, have been engaged in an affair of sensual dominance and submission in an S&M dungeon where they must abide by the rules. Now, those rules are about to be broken when they agree to see each other on the outside. As Peter becomes increasingly obsessed with the troubled Suzanne, they embark on a sordid psychosexual journey into their tortured pasts through their most carnal desires.
- Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Eric Werthman and Star Roger Rees
- Pushing the Boundaries - Interviews with Stars Roger Rees and Geno Lechner
- NYC Black & Blue Ball
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer