VOD Review - Queen of Carthage
Shiloh Fernandez co-wrote and stars as Amos, a drifter from the United States who arrives in New Zealand. Amos keeps calling or talking to a woman by phone but she's never identified. It's hinted that she might be his sister but it's never clear. Whatever the relationship, it's bitterly contentious and possibly romantic. If so, it would be quasi-incestuous.
Keisha Castle-Hughes co-stars as Simi, the girlfriend of Graham who is weary of Amos but accepts him on face value. Unfortunately, actions by the end make no sense. Even after Amos' lies are exposed, Simi doesn't become more weary. Her character gives into plot contrivance and it makes her seem dumb.
Even if we are to accept that Amos is 100-percent gay, then what are we to make of the very end? The groundwork isn't laid for the violent actions that ensue. All of a sudden, we're supposed to be scared of Amos when he's really built up to be stupidly pathetic. A gay guy pursuing a straight guy beyond reason is a stupidly pathetic thing. Having it amount and climax on murder is quite frankly awful. It's also a cliche and an aforementioned, ugly trope and stereotype.
One Star out of Five.
Rated R for language, some bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and brief drug use.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 31 mins.
Available on Netflix Watch Instant since March 1.