Show Me (2005)




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The twentysomething urbanite Sarah (Michelle Nolden, Martha, Inc.) finds her life threatened when a teenage couple, Jackson (Kett Turton, Walking Tall) and Jenna (Katharine Isabelle, Ginger Snaps), kidnap her and drag her off to an isolated, forest-bound cabin in Show Me. Thus begins a series of intense head games between the captors and the terrified woman, who -- sensing that these kids may be in over their heads -- believes she just might be able to outsmart them. Cassandra Nicolaou directs … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, language, violence and drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Cassandra Nicolaou
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On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Show Me

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Touches of authenticity and some savvy acting from the three leads draw the viewer into this first feature from Cassandra Nicolaou.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This movie is a bad showcase for its actors and for the talents of the filmmaker herself. It's a bad investment for the CFC. And it's bad for the critics who have to suffer through it.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | August 21, 2005
Top Critic

The premise of Show Me sounds lame, but the end result is something much greater than its plot.

Full Review… | April 29, 2006

Nice setup, sounds familiar

Full Review… | February 4, 2006

Only a Canadian filmmaker could take something as crackling as a hostage-taking and turn it into a depressive mope-fest.

Full Review… | August 19, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Show Me

I saw this as part of a double bill for the London Gay and Lesbian Alliance, which may well be a ma-hoosive spoiler for everyone else. But I was aware of it, so there.
Essentially a very indie psycho-sexual thriller, Show Me benefits from the naturalistic performances by the three principal actors, their positions varying wildly as the roles of torturer and captive alter nearly by the scene.
Another aspect of this type of filmmaking is that the claustrophobia of the situation makes for an uncomfortably sexual underpinning to the events, some scenes almost palpably erotic.
An issue must be raised to the sympathy bestowed upon the captors, as there is a heavy reliance on our ability to empathise with their situation, when in actuality they're both pretty dense.
Perhaps my biggest issue with this is that (with several recent thrillers), the plot owes itself almost wholesale to Polanski's Knife In The Water. And though Show Me is good, it ain't THAT good.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer


Put the kettle on and let it simmer. That's how this felt to this viewer. Sarah (Michelle Nolden) is trying to get away for an anniversary weekend with her high powered executive lover who gets stuck at the office at the last minute. Stuck in traffic, Sarah falls victim to a "wrong place at the wrong time" scenario and winds up abducted at knife point by a pair of street kids. Jenna (Katharine Isabelle) and Jackson (Kett Turton) are hustlers that seem to be making this up as they go along, and we are never sure who is in charge. The rest of the film concerns Sarah's efforts to stay alive and find a way out for all three of them. Several twists and turns, dirty little secrets, and the unpredictable nature of the situation keep the tension building. Never knowing when things might just explode was enough to keep this viewer mesmerized. Sarah proves more resilient than would first appear and the two younger actors brought just the right measure of insecurity, indecision, and apathy towards Sarah to their parts. You might not scream in terror, but you will certainly feel a knot in the pit of your stomach until the end.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Messed up and Beautiful. Plus it was good to see Katharine Isabelle in something besides Ginger Snaps even though they rock.

Elizabeth Depp

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