A corporate lawyer on the brink of collapse finally snaps when a typical road-rage incident sends him spiraling into a murderous fury in this pressure-cooker tale of slow-burning tension starring Sin City and Inside Man's Clive Owen. With demands at both work and home weighing heavily on his tired shoulders, attorney Michael Anderson (Owen) is a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode. When the moment comes and Anderson does finally snap, the result is a chilling act of intentional violence that sparks headlines across the city. Now determined to cover up his actions and duck the consequences of his impulsive brutality, Anderson sinks ever deeper into a soul-corrupting world of dangerous deception that threatens not only to consume him but his unsuspecting friends, family, and co-workers as well. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Clive Owen, never less than worth a watch, usually gives quite riveting performances, and his work in the BBC made-for-Scotland-TV movie SPLIT SECOND runs true to form. He is joined here by the fine actress Helen McCrory, who plays his somewhat estranged wife in this passable story of guilt and possible redemption. None of the major characters, save perhaps the wife of the victim, is especially likable, but this gives the film a bit more reality than most TV movies from this side of the pond. At barely 90 minutes, there is less time for depth than plot machinations and a bit too much coincidence. Still, Owen's performance as an unhappy man who lets his anger loose momentarily--and disastrously--keeps the film on course.
Well, I love Clive Owen. He is such a pleasure to watch, it doesn't make much difference what the movie is about. I think the story could have been good, even gripping, if presented better, but it was too slow and drawn out