“ZIPPER” My rating: B- (Opening Sept. 4 at the Cinetopia)
103 minutes | MPAA rating: R
“Zipper” is an astonishingly dour thriller with a torn-from-the-headlines premise.
Patrick Wilson stars as Sam Ellis, a federal prosecutor with a squeaky-clean reputation who is contemplating a career in politics.
He’s a white knight in the courtroom and has what appears to be an ideal family life with his charity maven wife Jeannie (Lena Headey) and their young son.
When a comely office intern (Dianna Agron) makes a pass at him, Sam throws on the brakes after one kiss. Arriving home late at night, though, he cruises porn sites. When a case brings to his attention a high-end escort service, he begins doing “research.”
Next thing you know he’s paying big bucks for a few hours with these smart, beautiful, sexually talented young women.
Sam apparently can’t control himself. Part of him hates what he’s doing; another part is coming up with all sorts of devious ploys to allow him to keep on doing it.
There comes a moment, of course, when the noose of revelation tightens around Sam’s neck (thanks to a sleazy journalist played by Ray Winstone). Are his marriage and career on the chopping block?