Movies From the Hat 7 – #46 – Courtney’s Pick – Zero Effect (1998)


This is my 3991st Review

Thanks to Courtney of Cinema Axis for this recommendation.

“I can’t possibly overstate the importance of good research. Everyone goes through life dropping crumbs. If you can recognize the crumbs, you can trace a path all the way back from your death certificate to the dinner and a movie that resulted in you in the first place. But research is an art, not a science, because anyone who knows what they’re doing can find the crumbs, the wheres, whats, and whos. The art is in the whys: the ability to read between the crumbs, not to mix metaphors. For every event, there is a cause and effect. For every crime, a motive. And for every motive, a passion. The art of research is the ability to look at the details, and see the passion. ” – Daryl Zero

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman hires a private detective to find the lost key to a safety deposit box, but nothing is really as it seems.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before it was suggested to me and I loved it so much.

There is no question in my mind that this is my favorite film of the 55 chosen for this series.

Bill Pullman is superbly cast in the lead as Daryl Zero and we can easily love his quirks mainly because he complement it all with his superior methods of solving crimes.

Loved the way that they use narration to explain the complex methods of his mind and it makes him feel like a modern day Sherlock Holmes with Ben Stiller as his faithful “Watson”.

The story moves along at a great pace and they expertly leave clues around little by little to explain to us what it really going on.

There are points where the plot seems very convoluted yet by the end it all makes perfect sense when they put it all together just like in many of Sherlock Holmes’ stories.

Bottom Line – By far, the best film that I watched for this series. Pullman is great as the detective Daryl Zero and I loved how the narration explains his methods to us. He feels like a modern day Sherlock Holmes with Stiller playing his “Watson” so well. The story moves along at a great pace and they constantly reveal more and more clues as to what is truly going on.  The plot may seem convoluted, but in the end, it all comes together really well in order for us to completely understand what is going on. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jake Kasdan wrote the part of Daryl Zero specifically for Bill Pullman after meeting the actor on the set of The Accidental Tourist (1988), directed by his father, Lawrence Kasdan. (From IMDB)

Rating –  Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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