Prolonged Exposure is the story of stoic psychologist Murdoch Lane (Addison Foskeyslowly) and hot-headed Detective Jaime Montenegro (Dean Cain). The former of which pieces together the cause of a bombing through the accounts of his clients by utilizing the prolonged exposure therapy technique. While the latter frustratingly attempts to solve the crime with limited resources, while being stonewalled by Lane and his obligation to uphold doctor-patient confidentiality. Although a tantalizing premise, there are a few hiccups in the execution.
“…he suffered some traumatic sexual assault at the hands of a woman and that this incident was a driving force in the deterioration of his marriage…”
A great deal of the dialogue does not flow organically. The conversations hold the cadence of a script being read, not a real conversation two people would have. Dean Cain delivers the best performance throughout, in spite of the evident script issues. Though many of the cast members do remarkably well in spite of their conjunctive dialogue. Michelle Roe, as the sultry yet traumatized and secretive prostitute, deserves one such shout out for her performance. The script definitely could have used another draft or two.
The scene transitions vary wildly throughout the film with little regard for the associated tone. While it starts slow, the movie frequently becomes jarring to behold. A few such cuts occur before a line is finished being spoken and then leaps forward in time by a fact of hours or days within the narrative. I thought I had accidentally skipped forward on several occasions.