Like the charming and clever Fox Network telemovie, directed by Jack Sholder (THE HIDDEN) based on his Oscar-nominated short 12:01 PM, Jonathan Heap's theatrical directing debut puts a new spin on an overused premise. But in this case it's not new enough. Despite a strong cast and the
ever-evocative American Southwest setting, BENEFIT merely puts country-and-western garb on a resolutely routine lady-in-distress thriller.
In her first major theatrical role since 1990's SHOW OF FORCE, Amy Irving is at first virtually unrecognizable as hard-bitten single-mom waitress Karen, supporting herself and her son by waitressing at a topless bar on the dusty outskirts of C...