Review Date: August 27, 2000
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Writer: Tom Provost, W. Peter Iliff
Producers: S. Hopkins, L. McCreary, A. Gillen
I also credit director Hopkins with some beautiful shots of the city during its opening credits, and an extremely unique perspective on the flashback sequences, in which the person being told the flashback actually joins the speaker in their own retelling. Very well done and certainly an original idea which lent an interesting new perspective to the goings-on of the past. Extremely stylized flashbacks as well. Hopkins goes nuts with the camera work. Oh yeah, and let me not forget to mention the stunning beauty of newcomer Monica Bellucci, an Italian actress, who radiates on the screen, and actually holds her own alongside the big boys. The film is really a difficult one to rate because it's one of those movies that didn't leave me feeling "complete" when I walked out. But looking back, I was quite "into it" while I was there, and the reasoning behind the ending is just now beginning to sink into my psyche, so let's just say that it may take a little while to fully appreciate.
Will you like it? Not sure. Does any of this sound interesting to you? If so, then I suggest you go see it and decide for yourself. There are some definite things that I could tell you though: the mystery in the film is a good one, the movie is slow and long but tends to hold your interest, and as I mentioned earlier, the performances are strong, but the ending...initially unsatisfying. In the end, I think that if you like a good murder mystery, you may enjoy unraveling this one, despite the lack of real action or thrills.