Review Date: September 28, 2001
Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Patrick Smith Kelley, Anthony Peckham
Producers: Arnold and Anne Kopelson, Arnon Milchan
Ugh, whatever the case, it was just about the time that Douglas' character suddenly removed Murphy's character from the mental home (and how come she went with him so nicely? I thought she didn't trust him), that I turned to my buddy and asked when the movie had turned into a joke. And a few bogus chase and action sequences later, we were left with a long-winded ending that did little to answer any other questions I might've still had, and actually brought up even more contradictions. Badly put together, this movie features some decent acting, some nice cinematography and an initially interesting premise, but loses it all in a haze of plot miscues which ultimately leave you with little care for anyone. In fact, if it wasn't for Brittany Murphy's excellent portrayal of a traumatized teen, Jennifer Esposito's embarrassing performance as a police woman (yeah, right! watching her delivering lines was the funniest part of this flick- but it wasn't supposed to be) and Michael Douglas' cool "regular guy" part, there would be little reason to remain seated until the end of this picture. Incidentally, can anyone please give me one good reason why Esposito's character was in this movie in the first place? She was completely superfluous.
And on top of all that, by the end of this flick, the director seems to have realized how dumb the audience must be to have bought most of the garbage that he'd been shoveling out for the hour and a half prior, and decides to add insult to injury by flashing back to an earlier character's death when one of the bad guys dies, just so we know (as an audience), that the two are interrelated somehow. Ooooh, thanks, Mr. Fleder...I appreciate the spoon-feeding, dude...yum, yum...but how about explaining every other plot point in your film that made no sense? Whatever. Either way, I don't give a rat's ass because this movie is a dog and that's unfortunate because it actually did have some good points going for it. See it if you like dumb thrillers. Incidentally, if you appreciated ALONG CAME A SPIDER, you will likely enjoy this film as well. They both start off with interesting premises, only to toss all logic and sense out the window about halfway through.