is an independent psychological thriller film directed
by Henry S. Miller
and starring Willem Dafoe
. Dafoe plays a seasoned detective
named Stan Aubray, who notices that a case he's been assigned to bears a striking similarity to a previous case of his. The film is based on the concept of anamorphosis
, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective
to create two competing images on a single canvas.
Dafoe turned down the role initially but reconsidered after a chance meeting with producer Marissa McMahon on a flight from Los Angeles. The film also has cameo appearances by Mick Foley and Debbie Harry.
The film had its world premiere at the 2007 Milwaukee International Film Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where star Willem Dafoe started out in theater. It was also shown at the Williamstown Film Festival in November the same year. The film opened in New York City on April 18, 2008 and in Los Angeles on May 2, 2008.
The film received negative to mixed reviews from critics. As of April 23
, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes
reported that 26% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 19 reviews. Metacritic
reported the film had an average score of 48 out of 100.