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Far from perfect, but good in parts
on 4 December 2013
Before watching this film, we figured it was weird that we hadn't seen a psycho-thriller starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis at the cinema; nor could we even recall the title. Bizarre, given that Giovanni Ribisi is another fave actor, and Gary Dourdan (from CSI) even makes a brief appearance.
Then, for the first half, we couldn't figure out what such a good cast was doing in such a stinker of a film...
The key character, Halle Berry's hotshot reporter came over like a silly hysterical wee girlie, not a hard-bitten Putlizer-prize winning journalist for a top New York daily. It was all just so silly; her shrieking reaction to getting a story spiked (and not having the evidence bagged long before confronting a dodgy senator); her squeaking 'I quit!' flounce out of one of the best jobs in the world, and her hamfisted, clumsy and wince-inducing undercover investigation into a business tycoon who may just have murdered her best friend.
For a while there, we came close to turning it off as Berry's performence was weirdly off-kilter.
And then things started getting interesting again. Her ex-boyfriend became a suspect in the murder. Then maybe it was the wife of the businessman. Then possibly her own researcher who turned out to have several skanky skeletons in his cupboard.
And by the end of the film we were totally engrossed, and thoroughly rewarded by the 90-degree turns that the plot took to reach its surprisingly conclusion.
Willis and Ribisi were excellent throughout. If only the early stages could have been a little less hyped and rather more considered, this could've been a really gripping thriller. Instead, it's an entertaining B-movie, definitely less than the sum of its cast.