Miranda (Mireille Enos) is in the midst of showing off her latest art exhibit. While it may be a huge success to the people who are viewing her art, her subject isn’t exactly enthusiastic. In this particular exhibit, she tells the life story of a man she only knows through a found cell phone. She’s in an interesting relationship with her art dealer Paul (Sam Shepard) who accompanies her home that particular evening. While looking out her window, he sees a vicious attack of a woman. Not really wanting to get involved, he feeds all of the details of what he witnessed to Miranda. She is getting some sort of excitement of being a part of the investigation without having seen the crime. The investigating officer is Andy (Vincent Piazza), her ex from college who she may or may not still be interested in. She becomes the only witness and is forced to try and pick the assailant out of the lineup. Things get uncomfortable when she becomes obsessed with one of them, a guy she calls S (Goran Visnjic). When her obsession blurs her reality, her life may never be the same again.
NEVER HERE draws inspiration from the films of Alfred Hitchcock and maybe even a little David Lynch. It all comes together in a way some will find interesting but for me, it plays out a little flat. The movie itself will always be remembered as being the final film performance by veteran actor/writer Sam Shepard. His role is small but pivotal and he gives lead actress Mireille Enos a real opportunity to shine. If you take away anything from this film, remember her, she’s fantastic. As for the rest of the movie, it moves rather slow, creeping along at a pace which really isn’t for me. While I appreciated the performances, the imagery, and much of the story, I still felt it lacked excitement. We won’t say it was boring, it wasn’t, just something was missing, and for that reason alone I’m not sure I would recommend the film to anyone. View this picture at your own risk! I have a feeling this is one of those pictures that will totally divide an audience. This was the debut feature from writer/director Camille Thoman and she does have a very distinct voice which could lead her onto bigger and better projects. It will be interesting to see where she goes next and maybe she will bring Mireille Enos along for the ride.