Cover is a very intense urban erotic thriller about love, passion, infidelity, and betrayal. The movie stars an all-star cast which include such people as Leon, Vivica Fox, and even Pattie Labelle. Don’t be fooled by the names of the cast members in this movie because the story speaks for itself.
This movie dealt with so many controversial issues all serious and all important. Topics such as homosexuality and even so called Christian beliefs are challenged and discussed explicitly. The story is packed with sexual tension and mystery right from the beginning.
Down low or “down low brother” is an urban term used to describe men who portray themselves in the public as heterosexual, but secretly live double lives with other men sexually. This topic is covered more in depth in the movie as the leading character Robert “Dutch” Maas, a successful psychiatrists struggled with this dilemma. To everyone, he was a husband, father, son, and a very loving family man. It appeared that he had everything going for himself. But Robert had too many skeletons in his closet and they were practically pouring out of his closet.
He was offered a job opportunity in Philadelphia (the city of brotherly love) the city where his old college buddies resided. He moved his family from Atlanta to Philadelphia to start a new life to make more money and offer his family a better life. He started hanging out with his old college friends and soon the truth about his life style was slowly revealed throughout the story.
For the most part, the movie was centered around a murder that happened and finding out who committed the crime. Cover appears to be a low budget movie, but did a good job in discussing controversial topics. The actress who played Robert’s wife Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) did an excellent job in playing her role. I found her most convincing out of all of the actors in the movie.
There was no nudity in this movie; it is a PG-13 movie. But it is still very much an erotic thriller. There were a lot of sexual tension among the characters, and unspoken sexual freeness that occurred and also insinuated behind closed doors among the characters.
What I admire most about this film is it’s openness and frankness about topics that most people are afraid to talk about. And the ending had an unpredictable twist. This film is for those who are very open minded and are not easily offended by offensive or controversial topics. If you are not an open minded person, than don't even bother with this movie.
But, if you are looking for a film that offers suspense with a touch of erotic tension, then this could be the movie for you.
Four Stars out of Five!
Natasha Brooks, Editor-in-Chief Bare Back Magazine www.barebackmag.com