The plot mechanics of this would-be thriller creak like a rusty box spring, and the characters are shallow and unbelievable. Frank Collins (Timothy Bottoms), an American reporter living in Sweden, suffers a near-fatal heart attack during the opening credits. Although this occurrence has
little to do with the rest of the film, it sets the tone for the jumpy editing and confusing dialog that follow. Collins' young stepson receives a videocassette from his real father, a Turk. While the cassette appears to be home movies of the clan in Istanbul, it's accompanied by a dire warning to
Collins not to lose the tape. Curious, Collins journeys to Istanbul to see what's up, ...