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Early Liz Hurley
on 16 March 2012
If I had to rank this in my top ten it would only come a close tenth. I didn't expect much and wasn't disappointed. I bought this quite simply to add to my ever growing Liz Hurley collection and I must say but for her, it certainly wouldn't get a very positive recommendation from me. For me, the film can be split into three stages. Stage one: a prolonged intro and slow development, which tries to set the scene and sees the group of three head off to sea - this takes up to 70 percent of the film. Stage two: an inexplicable change in the nature of characters and sped up pace to the film, which left me wondering if I'd missed a major part of the plot due to rash editting - this takes up 20 percent of the film. Finally Stage three: an almost incomprehensible twist at the end (which fades out to credits) and leaves you alone to make your own mind up as to what finally happened. I can only assume that the producer felt this would leave a lasting impression on the viewer, however for me it did the exact opposite. It left me frustrated and disappointed that any tention created was cushioned at the finale rather than exploited to better effect by some kind of explanation and conclusion.
The changes of pace, attitude of the main characters and unexplained jumps in the flow were as if the parts or final production were spliced together by different producers. Maybe the film had a change of director/producer during production and they made the best of a mixed bag? Finally on the negative side, the quality of the soundtrack throughout is quite simply poor. It starts quite quietly and continues throughout becoming more and more quiet. I thought it was my DVD player at fault, but it wasn't. However, now for the positives. A pretty Patsy Kensit puts in a good performance (even though her accent slips and she flies into tantrums every now and then). A young and quite simply stunningly beautiful Liz Hurley (as this is very soon after her modelling career), tries hard to grapple with her accent and shows some quality in her role, indicating she was a star in the making. For any serious tension film addicts though I'd give this a miss. In my opinion this is definitely one for the collectors and not for the viewers.