Twisted

February 27th, 2004







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Plot
Jessica, whose father was a serial killer, is a female police officer. While investigating a murder, she finds herself in the center of her own investigation, when her former lovers start dying around her at a furious pace.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 4.9/10 (11,473 voted)

Critic's Score: 26/100

Director: Philip Kaufman

Stars: Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia

Storyline
Jessica Shepard is an on the rise police officer of San Francisco's esteemed police department, after having solved a big case about a serial killer. Her mentor John Mills is proud of Jessica as a father would be of his daughter, since Mills was the partner of Jessica's late father. With a newly established promotion, Jessica finds that she might once again have to prove herself in a department that takes no prisoners. Not to mention a new partner named Mike Delmarco, who might be Jessica's next closest thing to a confidant. However, a man has been found dead and the two officers are brought into the investigation. What they find is a surprise when the dead in question was a man Jessica slept with, he being part of a list of one night stands that Jessica has engaged in. Now under suspicion and a terrible drinking problem gnawing at her, Jessica will have to prove to her superiors...

Cast:
Ashley Judd - Jessica Shepard
Samuel L. Jackson - John Mills
Andy Garcia - Mike Delmarco
David Strathairn - Dr. Melvin Frank
Russell Wong - Lieutenant Tong
Camryn Manheim - Lisa
Mark Pellegrino - Jimmy Schmidt
Titus Welliver - Dale Becker
D.W. Moffett - Ray Porter
Richard T. Jones - Wilson Jefferson
Leland Orser - Edmund Cutler
James Oliver Bullock - John Flanagan
William Hall - Chip Marshall
Joe Duer - Larry Geber
Jim Hechim - Bob Sherman (as James Hechim)

Taglines: Every murder has a mark.



Details

Official Website: Paramount | UIP [Brazil] |

Release Date: 27 February 2004

Filming Locations: Crissy Field, Golden Gate Memorial Recreation Area, San Francisco, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,904,299 (USA) (29 February 2004) (2703 Screens)

Gross: $25,195,050 (USA) (23 May 2004)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Well-known San Francisco bars and restaurants in the film include Tosca Cafe and Vesuvio, both on Columbus Avenue in the North Beach district, and Red's Java House at Pier 40 on the waterfront. Several scenes were also filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts with its unmistakable rotunda and lagoon.

Goofs:
Continuity: Just before Jessica sees Jimmy reflected in her kitchen window, she empties her whiskey glass. When she turns around to face him, it's almost full again.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Edmund Cutler: [knife to her neck] I can hear your heart beating. Sounds like you've got an animal in your chest, trying to get out. Sounds like blood. Sounds like flesh.
[starts unzipping her jacket]
Edmund Cutler: What's this? *What* *is* *this*?
Jessica Shepard: It's my gun.
[suddenly overpowers him and he's on the ground]
Edmund Cutler: Don't hurt me!



User Review

A high-caliber cast slumming in "made for TV" material.

Rating:

* ½ out of ****

I've mentioned it before and I'll say it again; I'm a sucker for mystery thrillers, especially when they involve methodical serial killers. So despite the fact that Twisted was clearly one of the worst reviewed films of the year, I still rented it based on both my preference for the genre and for the film's cast, as I am huge fans of Samuel L. Jackson and Ashley Judd. Andy Garcia, Russell Wong, and Leland Orser are in the film, too, and that's definitely not a shabby supporting cast.

The film stars Judd as San Francisco patrol officer Tess Shepard. After busting a murderer, she's promoted to inspector by the commissioner (Samuel L. Jackson), who also happens to be her legal guardian thanks to a rather sordid past. Tess' new partner is Del Marco (Andy Garcia), and they're quickly assigned to their first case when a corpse is discovered by the shore. The crime is murder but there's a catch; Tess recognizes the dead man, a mere stranger she picked up at a bar a month ago. Another murder occurs, and it's yet another man Tess slept with. And considering she keeps blacking out the night each of the men is killed, she begins to suspect if she's the very own killer they're looking for.

For all that's very wrong with this film, Twisted isn't nearly as bad as I though it'd be. Don't take that as high praise, because the movie's still bad, just not horrible enough that I'd put it on any personal bottom 10 lists.

Because I saw this film just a day after Taking Lives, there was the occasional bit of déjà vu. Remember how I mentioned that film introduced us to the heroine by showing how clever and resourceful she was? Pretty much the same case here, except we also see that Judd's Tess Shepard can kick ass. Her cleverness is displayed through her ability to perfectly describe people and objects she's seen after a brief glance; a fine ability, no doubt, but not something that really impresses in terms of plot and characterization.

The movie's various attempts at building a sense of mystery are suspense are quite pathetic. Examples? Judd keeps hearing a metallic clinking outside her apartment every night before the murders, and she keeps drinking alcohol on those same nights and consequently blacks out. This is a repeated process, so you'd think it take her more than the majority of the film's running time to figure out her drink might be tainted with a drug or that whoever's making that noise might somehow be associated with her blackouts.

Figuring out the identity of the killer is almost too easy. Just follow Roger Ebert's little movie rule about how the culprit is almost always the person who has no other reason to be in the picture and you'll be able to narrow it down real fast.

Twisted is blessed with a surprisingly high-profile cast, and while most everyone is nothing less than decent, it's a bit of a surprise actors of such high-caliber would choose a script that plays out more like 'TV movie of the week' material. I can maybe see the appeal to Ashley Judd in playing a tortured but tough heroine, but Samuel L. Jackson has arguably the film's most thankless role, and he's barely in the picture for more than fifteen minutes. Competent acting is always a great plus in the genre, but it also takes plot and suspense to actually make a thriller with thrills and this movie has absolutely zilch in that department.









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