Before I go any further, I will inform you that a case like this actually happened in real life. A woman committed suicide by hiring a man over the internet to torture and strangle her. Like this film's main character, Nancy Stockwell, the real-life woman, Sharon Lopatka, was unhappy with her life and wanted to "feel something". I'm not sure that ever comes across 100% in this film. Sure, Maria Bello, playing Nancy Stockwell, did her best to show us that, but this film strived more than anything else to be creepy. Jason Patric, playing Louis Farley, the man who agreed to kill Stockwell, certainly accomplished that as I got chills just from him still being in the movie about halfway through. But, given the grim story being told here, that just isn't enough. Also, Stockwell's husband, Albert Stockwell, played by Rufus Sewell, just seemed lost in a generic way. Yes, he was upset over what happened to his wife, but it was a performance we've seen a hundred times before in movies featuring the loss of a loved one. Ultimately, I gave this film a high rating simply because of the effort put into tackling such a grim plot. Maybe someone else will see something I missed, because chilling as it already is, this film could have been more. Enjoy.