Review Date: April 04, 2001
Director: Lee Tamahori
Writer: Marc Moss
Producers: David Brown, Joe Wizan
And even though I did greatly admire this film for attempting to do something original with its ending (a couple of neat twists and turns), it's all in a wasted effort since the plot points simply do not stick! I mean, it's nice to surprise an audience but when they don't buy the actual basis behind the surprise, well then, it's pretty much worth shit, right? And I'm not exactly sure what Hollywood sees in actress Monica Potter, but to me, she's basically a charmless version of Julia Roberts in a blonde wig and half the talent. I mean, there ain't much happening there (other than the great looks, of course). No zing, no zang. And even though Morgan Freeman plays another solid detective role, the film's slow pace and ultimate illogical turns, just don't keep you in the game long enough to care. I mean, I might see this movie slightly entertaining some who are willing to forego its goofy twists and leaps of faith, but I think most people want stories that are believable and realistic, right? And even though most of this film does give us that, it's generally just photocopied moments from other movies, with some spots of bad dialogue, a pretty good score and an ending which certainly goes for the gold, but falls plenty short. Sure, Michael Wincott was a blast to watch, and his gravelly voice enjoyable to hear, but aren't we all getting a little sick of these misunderstood "bad guys" who always seem to want to "play games" with the cops? I mean, c'mon dudes...let's go for some originality here, some punch, some friggin' new ideas!!! Skip this one babies, unless you're looking for a low-rent rehashed version of many better thrillers with a crappy ending to boot.
PS: Whatever happened to Penelope Ann Miller's career? In this film, she's basically reduced to about three scenes and all she does in them is blubber. Sadly for us, I think we all know why she's crying...