Lionsgate is known for releasing a slew of genre films that appeal to B-movie buffs like myself, and its latest effort Black Butterfly is at the top of the list. Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the thriller centers on a washed up, alcoholic writer named Paul (Antonio Banderas) who is trying to sell his woodsy residence.
With his home located over 2 hours plus from Denver, Paul’s remote location, though beautiful, is rife with danger. When he picks up a drifter (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to return a favor, Paul immediately regrets the decision. What ensues is a cat and mouse game between the pair, as the stranger coaxes Paul to finally write his long delayed script – or suffer the consequences!
Though Piper Perabo co-stars as a real estate agent who’s helping Paul sell his domicile, the picture is essentially a tightly wound, intricately constructed two-hander. Without getting into spoiler mode, Black Butterfly also has a wonderful twist that will leave you guessing. Though the box art features Meyers brandishing a shotgun, Black Butterfly is not awash in bloody violence, and its thrills are mainly derived from first rate storytelling.
The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with a featurette on the making of the film as well as audio commentary from director Brian Goodman and co-writer Marc Frydman.