The point of filmmaking is to entice the audience into believing the circumstances of the overall narrative. That’s achieved usually through a story that is engaging and solidified by a seamlessly natural acting approach that doesn’t detract from the experience. Films should be a journey. When you’re making a "movie," all those valuable contraptions can simply go out the window, similarly to how carelessly they’re disregarded in "Capital Games."
Based on the original erotica of author G.A. Hauser, the plot of this independent movie directed by Ilo Orleans reads like a romance novel, though delivers little of the heated passion that would encourage the buyer to snatch it as a quick purchase at the supermarket checkout counter. In the competitive world of advertising, playing it safe and blending into the background hasn’t worked to former LAPD Steve Miller (played by Eric Presnall), but when an upstart Aussie (or Brit - it was hard to tell) named Mark Richfield (Gregor Cosgrove) moves in on his turf, Miller takes the task in hand...literally!
The two embark on an incredible love affair, after a night lost in the desert during a corporate team-building exercise. Steve, a one-time police officer (and straight man) begins to pursue Mark, who may (or may not) be walking down the aisle. Torn between their two worlds and the attraction that continues to build between them, their passion eventually comes to a crossroads forcing these two men to make the inevitable decision that will change their lives.
Unfortunately, the script and acting are so thin, it hardly matters. The lack of chemistry - sexual or otherwise - between the two lead men is all but unrecognizable, making perhaps the DVD’s behind-the-scenes featurette the only thing to look forward to. That it contains an extending scene detailing the rigors of shooting their love-scene - hands down...it’ll probably be the best part of the package. Interestingly directed, the movie suffers from a poorly exploited presence from its leading men - who really should be setting the screen on fire.
The lack-luster depth of the acting is also damaging to a script that could have otherwise shined in the hands of more capable actors, but "Capital Games" lack of intensity is its biggest shortcoming.
available on DVD for $24.99