Final Analysis [DVD] 
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Isaac (Richard Gere) is a psychiatrist, treating a woman (Uma Thurman) with a recurring violent dream. He talks to the girl's sister Heather (Kim Basinger) and soon embarks on an illicit affair with her. She says she is falling in love with him, and promises to leave her Mafiosi husband. This threat turns deadly when she murders her spouse. Isaac must defend Heather in court by proving that she was temporarily insane, but are her claims of madness just a devious alibi?
This film, which again pairs Richard Gere and Kim Basinger (who starred in 1986's No Mercy), offers up elements of classic noir: a hapless man becomes intimately involved with a beautiful blonde who may or may not be who or what she appears to be. Dedicated psychiatrist Isaac Barr (Gere) reluctantly, and then more obsessively, becomes involved with Heather Evans (Basinger), the sister of his patient, Diana Baylor (Uma Thurman). Evans is unhappily married to a gangster (appropriately played by a muscular and menacing Eric Roberts in a trademark role). Gere and Basinger make a credible, if dangerous couple, and Thurman delivers a subtle, understated performance and demonstrates her range and potential.
The thriller is appropriately shot in gorgeous San Francisco, where the literal and figurative curving and hilly roads wind throughout. Credit legendary art director Dean Tavoularis for some amazing sets and scenes, notably the elegantly cavernous restaurant where Evans and her husband have a fateful dinner.
This film is, in a way, glossy director Phil Joanou's Hitchcockian tribute--as a climactic lighthouse scene best demonstrates. Final Analysis doesn't offer an intimate look at its characters, but a beautifully stylized one, moody and gloomy. The intricate plot experiments with the device of "pathological intoxication," in which the subject completely loses control after drinking alcohol. And this doesn't mean a conventional ugly drunk; it means a frightening psychotic. Good and evil, hope and despair, beauty and repulsion are often juxtaposed in the film's complex world. --NF Mendoza
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You know Richard is good and, no matter what, he will end well. The mystery is which of the evil sister is really the bad one.
The final scene at the lighthouse reminds too closely of other movies (Hitchcock) and could have been replaced with something more original. It is a weak spot.
You tired from an afternoon spent gardening? or from a day at work? Watch this, and relax.
Oh, and remember, if you just met your girlfriend, please slide the conversation to pathological intoxication, to make sure she is free of it.
I will not go into the plot which twists and turns, but what starts out as a rather slow film, picks up and reaches an exciting climax. The cast are very good and the atmosphere is chilling, ably supported by an extremely strong and effective soundtrack which sets the mood brilliantly.
Overall, it is a most watchable movie which reminds one of something from the Alfred Hitchcock stable.
Not bad at all.
Not a good movie.
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A great film within this genre. Fully enjoyed the roles played by the leading actors.Published 13 months ago by Don Spencer