SECRET OBSESSION (2019)

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SHORT VERSION

Recuperating from trauma, Jennifer remains in danger as she returns to a life she doesn’t remember.

MEDIUM VERSIN

On a rainy night, a woman (Song) flees down the street from an unknown pursuer. She is struck by a car, leaving her injured and unconscious. She wakes up in the hospital with short-term memory loss, recalling nothing about the incident or her life prior. A man by her bedside (Vogel) introduces himself as Russell Williams, her husband, and says that her name is Jennifer. To help her regain memories, he shows her photos of her life, telling her that her parents died in a fire two years ago, that she had quit her job, and that she rarely talks to her friends anymore.

Detective Frank Page (Haysbert), obsessed with his work after failing to find his own daughter’s kidnapper, investigates Jennifer’s accident, growing suspicious of Russell, who drives a truck similar to one seen in the vicinity where Jennifer was hit. After Jennifer is discharged, Russell takes her to their secluded home. Jennifer is haunted by brief flashes of memories from the rainy night of her accident. She becomes uneasy by Russell’s strange behavior and realizes that he has been locking her inside the house at night. She also notices that most of the photos in her home have been manipulated. Frank’s investigation leads him to Jennifer’s parents’ home, where he finds their rotting corpses. He learns from Jennifer’s former employer that “Russell” is actually a man named Ryan Gaerity, a temperamental worker fired over two months ago.

While Ryan is out, Jennifer finds her own ID in his wallet, which she uses to unlock his computer. She finds images of her actual husband Russell (Booko) and realizes the danger she’s in. Before she can escape, Ryan knocks her unconscious and chains her to the bed while he goes out to get supplies. When he returns, the real Russell’s corpse is revealed to be in his car trunk.

Frank arrives at their home and tries to rescue Jennifer, but Ryan knocks him out, locking him in a freezer. He rants to Jennifer that he had loved her for years but her lack of reciprocation and marriage to Russell enraged him. Jennifer manages to escape into the forest with Ryan giving chase. Frank tackles him before he can shoot her, and Jennifer takes the gun and kills Ryan.

Three months later, Frank gives Jennifer a note from her late husband that he had found during the investigation. As she drives, leaving for San Jose, Russell’s voice narrates the note, telling her how much he loves her.

LONG VERSION

On a rainy night, Jennifer (Brenda Song) is being chased by a man with a knife. While running away, she is hit by a car. She is rushed to a hospital, where the ER doctors fight to save her. Russell (Mike Vogel), her husband, arrives and is told she is in critical condition. Detective Frank Page (Dennis Haysbert), arrives and questions Russell about the incident, suspicious of Russell. Page’s own daughter was kidnapped years ago and he never recovered from the loss.

Jennifer finally wakes up with complete memory loss. Russell brings her pictures and tells her stories about her life, including that her parents passed away a few years prior in a fire. Eventually she recuperates enough to be released, and Russell takes her to their incredible home. Jennifer has occasional flashes to the night of the accident and the man with the knife. As they live together, Jennifer learns more information about her life that confuses her: that she quit her job to move out there with Russell, and doesn’t have a ton of friends who are nearby. She hasn’t been able to get her phone back.

A mysterious man reaches out to Detective Page about the crime – but Russell finds him and murders him. He buries the body in the backyard… which Jennifer maybe notices. She gets more and more suspicious, realizing that because she’s mostly wheelchair bound she’s trapped upstairs. She hauls herself down the stairs to try to look around the house, hoping to jog memories. When Russell tries to initiate sex, Jennifer recoils.

Eventually, Detective Page tracks down Jennifer’s parents’ home, and finds their corpses inside. Jennifer, still searching for answers, tricks Russell into leaving and gets onto his computer, discovering that the photos of them together have been doctored – he’s not really Russell at all. She gets some memory back of the incident – “Russell” was the one who attacked her. Detective Page learns that Russell’s real name is Ryan, a co-worker of Jennifer’s and the real Russell who was jealous of their relationship. Jennifer tries to escape the house but Ryan bashes her in the head and brings her back to their bedroom and chains her to their bed.

While getting supplies, Nurse Masters (Ashley Scott), who had also been suspicious of Russell and aiding the detective spots and confronts Ryan, but he speeds away. Jennifer breaks her own foot getting out of the chains and goes to the garage to try to escape in a car, but Ryan returns home – checking on the body of the real Russell in the trunk of his car.

Detective Page arrives and begins investigating but Ryan hits him over the head. Now pretty much discovered, Ryan ties Jennifer to the bed with rope, telling her how he’s always loved her, how her being with Russell made him furious, and he probably would have killed her too if not for her memory loss. Using a lighter, Jennifer manages to escape, and hits Ryan over the head with a vase. She runs into the forest behind the house while Detective Page wakes up and heads out after them. Ryan is about to shoot Jennifer when he’s tackled by Page, and Jennifer is able to grab the gun and shoot Ryan.

Three months later, Page is packing up his home, ready to retire. Jennifer comes by to say goodbye and thank you, and Page gives her a note Russell wrote to her that he found in her office. Jennifer reads the love note from her actual husband, and it plays in voice-over as she drives off into the future.

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