Movie Review
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By Gareth Von Kallenbach     Published February 29, 2004
US Release: February 27, 2004

Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Ashley Judd , Samuel L. Jackson , Andy Garcia , David Strathairn

Running Time: 107 minutes
Domestic Box Office: $25,195,050
What should be a tense thriller never emerges, as the film plods along never allowing any suspense to build.
For newly promoted homicide detective, Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd), life is about to take an unexpected twist that will leave the most private aspects of her life on display and her very sanity questioned.

Shepard has just been promoted to the San Francisco Homicide unit after bringing in suspected serial killer, Edmund Cutler (Leland Orser). Shepard ignored protocol and almost became a victim, and some in the department resent her promotion and credit that to her gender and that she is sponsored by a high ranking official named John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson), who has raised her since her parents were killed years earlier.

Shepard is soon called in to investigate a body floating in the bay and is shocked to discover that the victim is a man she had picked up in a bar. When a second body is discovered, her partner Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia) thinks that Jessica may have an obsessive stalker following her.

What should be a tense thriller never emerges, as the film plods along never allowing any suspense to build. The identity of the killer is so obvious that all that?s missing is a neon sign proclaiming the obvious, and I also saw events coming far in advance, including the final confrontation. Judd and Garcia do the best they can with the material, but Jackson is woefully underused in a story that seems better suited for a movie of the week. It is a shame that an interesting premise such as this is wasted, as ?Twisted? is a whodunit that leaves you saying who cares.
Gareth's Grade: D
Gareth's Overall Grading: 50 graded movies
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