THE SURFACE is one of those movies that, after but a few tiresome minutes, has you asking, "Why does anybody put up with this guy?" Well, he's cute. As played by a lithe and lovely Australian model named Harry Hains, (shown at right and below) our Evan is eye-candy par excellence. Unfortu-nately, what he does in this movie is mostly model. He possesses no vocal range to speak of, and his facial expressions run the gamut from pout A through pout B, and just very occasionally venture into pout C (which has a slight smile attached).
Further, the film is both sloppy and lazy in the way it elides dialog and situations via music and either a little voice-over or near-dialog-free scenes of people frolicking at the beach or chit-chatting over dinner. This may be just as well, because when we do hear the dialog, it never rises above the so-so.
Michael Redford Carney, above, right ) could prove possible relationship material.
Nicholas McDonald, shown rear view, above, right). What happens may surprise you a bit, though its doubtful you'll really care much, given the wooden, one-note and uninvolving performance from Mr. Hains. But, hey, he's pretty, so that may be enough to see you through.