"Fatal Attraction," "Unfaithful," "Indecent Proposal," "Obsessed" and this year we get "Zipper," a steamy, erotic infidelity thriller with slices of power, ambition, and politics. Patrick Wilson and Lena Headey, Penelope Mitchell, Alexandra Breckenridge, all sizzle Patrick Wilson, who had played a cheating spouse before in 2006's "Little Children," plays Sam Ellis, a good-looking, rising star federal prosecutor with a bright future, all his peers are encouraging him to run for attorney general. Sam's wife, Jeannie, played by Lena Headey, supports him all the way, stands by his side and she's just as ambitious as he is, if not more. This is a potential power couple whose dream aims for far beyond just their district or their state. Sam's got everything, a wife, a son, a big mansion, a career and a golden reputation. But Sam has a bit of a personal demon, like a teenager with a raging hormone, he'd masturbate when his wife isn't around, and it leads him to a one-time experience with a high-end escort, a bit of an awkward start but soon enough it turns into an addiction. But nothing stays hidden forever, especially when an investigative journalist is writing a piece about you and the public eye puts you on a pedestal, one thing after another happens that forces Sam to try to cover up his mess that threatens to destroy his life, family, and career.
Of all the infidelity thrillers out there, this has got to be the sexiest yet, the actors don't seem to mind if they need to go all out semi-porn if need be, but what makes ZIPPER unique, in my opinion, is this couple, played by Patrick Wilson and Lena Headey who may have been the alternate parallel version of Frank and Claire Underwood from "House Of Cards" series or perhaps they're another version loosely based on the Clintons. But my point is that behind every great but cheating husband is a greater wife who'd do anything to make sure her husband rises in politics and so ZIPPER deals with the lines that get blurred, which sins you're willing to live with, all in the name of ambition, sooner or later it doesn't seem such a bad thing anymore. I think at times the script has difficulty finding more ways to suffocate Patrick Wilson's character, Sam Ellis' life, career and reputation, as the evidence or his mess that incriminates him keeps pushing itself to surface. But again, this film does do a good job of pointing out how uncomfortable committing certain sins can be at first but once you've embraced it, unfortunately it becomes more like an every day usual thing. This is what happens when addiction gets tolerated instead of punished or cured.