2004 by Tony Medley
(Ashley Judd) no sooner gets appointed police Inspector but all the men
with whom she sleeps start getting killed. Compounding the situation,
her boss, police commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson), is also
her surrogate father, having raised her since her father went on a
killing rampage and killed her mother and then committed suicide. Then
thereís her new partner, Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia), who seems
supportive, but, is he?
There are scenes
that are improbable, like Jessica speaking directly to a man she
arrested without his attorney present, after heís apparently been
arraigned. Oh, yeah, his attorney (one of Jessicaís lovers) just
happens to show up while sheís speaking to the guy. And, oh, yeah,
Mike just happens to be lurking nearby, listening. There are four San
Francisco Police Department ďTechnical AdvisorsĒ listed. Didnít
even one of them say that this scene is highly unlikely?
Jessica has to be
the dumbest woman ever to be a cop. She drinks like a fish and always
has lots of wine when she goes home and always passes out. Apparently
she never connects the two.
This is a
derivative, mediocre whodunit. If you donít know who did it within the
first half hour, you need to see more whodunits. The cinematography of
San Francisco by Peter Deming is shrouded in lots of fog and the film is
shot mostly at night. Alas, the cinematography is like the rest of the
film, which seems to be missing something, like, maybe, originality? If
Iíve seen the final denouement once Iíve seen it dozens of times.
I didnít go to
sleep and only looked at my watch a couple of times, so I guess it
wasnít terrible. At least it didnít end with two people walking off
into the fog saying that this is the beginning of a beautiful
February 24, 2004