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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2014
Over time that can literally kill you
Not safe for work (NSFW) actually doesn't have anything to do with browsing the internet at work. It's a low budget thriller about the dangers of working over time (OT). Opening with a bang, there are nice twists however it ultimately falls short of the build up.

The media saturated title sequence deftly positions Denning Pharmaceuticals as a major player in the film. The scandal around their miracle drug has Emmerich law firm gearing up for the biggest case in its history. On the eve before the firm takes Denning to court on a test case the tension is high and newbie lawyer Adam quickly becomes the punching bag for his boss, Emmerich.

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While everyone else has been working on the Denning case, Adam has been investigating another case which he believes is linked to the Denning case. No sooner than stepping into the office Adam is reprimanded for wasting time, he has his hard work shredded before his eyes and Emmerich personally briefs him on his suitability for his current position. After such a rough day, any average person would flee the building once home time arrived.

Adam starts noticing something odd when one of his coworkers, Larry, suspiciously stays for OT when everyone else is leaving. Then in the midst of office-leavers Adam notices a mysterious suit entering the building. The office becomes a hunting ground and Adam begins the most life-threatening OT of his life.

NSFW uses the office setting to full effect without becoming claustrophobic. Mundane details quickly become lifelines for Adam which effectively sustains tension. The film feels as though it could have been bigger as the low budget only becomes noticeable near the end of the film when it becomes clear director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) isn't going to take the story any further. The ending leaves room for a sequel yet this sacrifices a satisfying climax.

NSFW is a thriller which capitalises on the dread of OT. There are some tension filled moments and the feel of a much bigger production. Although the ending falls short of expectations, NSFW still provides a few thrills.
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