“People who commit these acts are in many ways, no different from you and me. But, they are no longer able to control their urges. They disassociate themselves from their own actions also experiencing an hysterical blindness. They’re blind to the darkness within themselves.” – Trina
Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Dec 2018)
Brief Synopsis – An assistant DA investigating the murder of a prominent businessman encounters hardships when the evidence points in the direction of both the governor and a former lover.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall made a lot of headlines when it came out, but I never had the opportunity to see it until now.
The plot itself is interesting but it doesn’t manage to stay as engaging as it probably could be.
Things move along at a nice pace but it seems to fall into the trap of many films of the genre where they all try to outdo Basic Instinct (1992) in the way that they present a psychological-sexual thriller.
David Caruso is ok in the lead and he definitely made the wrong career move by spurning his great job on NYPD Blue in order to pursue a film career.
This film was meant to be his breakthrough role in film, but fails miserably in that aspect.
The plot itself gets a bit too convoluted along the way but it finds a way to right itself afterwards despite all of the very blatant plot holes in the story.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that doesn’t work so well. The storyline moves along at a nice pace but it feels as if they are trying too hard to follow in the footsteps of other films of the genre like Basic Instinct (1992). Caruso is ok in the lead, but he was definitely wrong to abandon his role on NYPD Blue in order to make the jump to film, especially having this film being the first one. The plot gets a bit convoluted along the way, but ultimately finds a way to right itself despite obvious plot holes.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Joe Eszterhas’s autobiography he hated the final film. Director William Friedkin changed Eszterhas’s script so much, he threatened to remove his name from the credits. Paramount settled with him by giving him a “blind script deal” worth two to four million dollars. Later, Friedkin admitted that he did virtually rewrote the script, but Friedkin also said that this film was his most favorite film he had ever made. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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