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Grade of "E" for "effort" on Berry's part!
on June 19, 2004
Let's see...Halle has down a political satire ("Bullworth"), a biopic ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge"), a ghetto comedy (B.A.P.S.), a Spike Lee film ("Jungle Fever"), a sci-fi adventure ("The X-Men" duo), a Bond film ("Die Another Day") and an Oscar winner ("Monster's Ball"). So, it was about time that she tackled a psychological thriller.
Well, at least, she can say she tried.
This misguided attempt into "The Sixth Sense" and "The Others" territory just doesn't hold up. There are few thrills or suspense; the dialog is stilted; and it's too short for much development. As valiant as the actress attempts to bring something out of the limp script, the viewer keeps longing for more.
Her supporting cast fares none the better, with parts assayed by Penelope Cruz, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Downey, Jr., and Bernard Hill not very filling. Only does John Carroll Lynch as the town sheriff get to flex his muscle, literally and figuratively.
To add further insult to injury is the commentary supplied by director Kassovitz and director of photography Labitique. The pair talks as if they have made the next, great thriller, a la Hitchcock.
Gentlemen, I know Hitchcock...and ya'll ain't Hitchcock.