I was in A PERFECT MURDER. I got left on the cutting room floor (sniff). But that's not the reason that I think the movie blows. Besides, the meals were pretty good; you don't do extra work for the sake of your art.If you happen to have read my review of BASIC INSTINCT, you know what I think of the whole Michael Douglas-in-peril genre of movies. In short, they suck. Except for THE GAME; that was good.
I'm not a part of the anti-Gwyneth camp. I think she's good, and that she can definitely act. However, it certainly is gross to see her married to Michael Douglas. Before the age of plastic surgery, such a yucky pairing would not have been possible. If we're supposed to like Gwyneth's character, it's best not to have her bring to mind Anna Nicole Smith. As I've said elsewhere, stay tuned for the remake of TO CATCH A THEIF starring Gregory Peck and Anna Paquin.
This one, as you may know, is a modern remake of DIAL M FOR MURDER. Apparently it is widely believed in Hollywood that it is not cost-effective to come up with an original plot for a thriller. Plus, there are so many glaring "hi, I'm a trite plot device in a thriller" moments in this movie that you start to think, "I already know what's going to happen. Isn't the movie supposed to fool ME?" And somewhere I heard someone say, when a killer in one of these movies finally attackes the hero or heroine, how come they don't just shoot them? No, they always take the old "let's wrestle and see what happens" approach. Plus, the whole audience has already seen that lingering close-up of the maid putting that meat thermometer in the dish strainer, right near the edge of the counter, so you know damn well where that thing is gonna end up.Anyone who is fooled even for a second by this movie is either 1) eight years old or younger, 2) a Mormon at their first R-rated movie, or 3) a victim of amnesia or electroshock therapy.