Though Keanu Reeves had been gradually piecing together the beginning of a comeback with 2013’s fantasy film 47 Ronin, it was last year’s hardboiled John Wick that irrefutably fired the actor back into the spotlight. It’s due to get a sequel, too, lending Reeves an opportunity to branch out in the interim. But watching the debut trailer for Gee Malik Linton’s crime drama Exposed really makes us long for the stylish and satisfying thrill ride that is John Wick.
Stepping into the shoes of a dead-beat cop, Reeves toplines the supernatural-tinged noir as a detective in the search for answers. Upon the mysterious death of his long-time partner, our grizzled lead sets his crosshairs on a young Latino woman who claims to experience strange supernatural visions.
Providing a new angle to the case, she’ll be played by Ana de Armas, paving the way for a Knock Knock reunion with Reeves. But whereas Eli Roth’s home invasion thriller had Armas controlling every facet of Reeves’ actions with nefarious glee, it is the latter who will be protecting the witness as he looks to piece together the puzzle. The official logline is as follows: “After witnessing a miracle, a young Latina woman experiences strange things as a police detective searches for the truth behind his partner’s death.”
If that doesn’t get you excited for Exposed, then it’s unlikely that the trailer will invoke a change of heart. Linton’s by the numbers thriller has all the aspirations of a crime noir – reluctant, grizzled cop and an attractive woman who may or may not be a femme fatale – though the execution, at least based on the first trailer, leaves much to be desired.
No word yet on an official release date for Exposed – AKA Daughter Of God – and it’s understood the film is still in searching for a US distributor.