To say that this isn’t joining the great King adaptations should be self-evident. In fact, it doesn’t even join the bad ones. A Good Marriage is so deeply mediocre that all it deserves is to be forgotten, and despite having King’s name over the title, that’s surprisingly easy to do.
This new Stephen King adaptation lacks the fear factor.
it goes absolutely nowhere. The source novella is perhaps to blame – there are barely enough events here for 30 minutes, never mind triple that – but Shawshank was also a short story, and that turned out alright-ish. Really, the fault lies with director Peter Askin, who keeps us guessing who the real killer is for all of 40 minutes. What should be the supreme moment of tension, the pay-off to Allen’s competently acted suspicions, is thrown away halfway through the picture, possibly because Askin couldn’t think of anything better to put there. What’s left is a filmic play-through of The Sims, where people walk in and out of rooms in a nice suburban house, babble at each other, and occasionally die – brutally, hilariously. It’s only scary if you have a fear of Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia interacting with each other amidst soft furnishings and oak panel flooring.