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Story

Interrogations, mind games, and murder: Jonas and Josh Pate’s post-modern thriller may be the bastard child of Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects, but this devious offspring charts its own unpredictable course. Tim Roth dominates the film as the epileptic, absinthe-drinking, genius murder suspect who plays the lie detector like a violin and turns the tables on the cops (dim bulb Chris Penn and simmering veteran Michael Rooker) by stirring up their secrets, and they’ve got some doozies. The twisty little mystery is too clever for its own good, and the Pates neglect to stitch together the loose threads (like what exactly Ellen Burstyn’s raspy bookie is doing in all this), but they have a great eye and style to spare. The chilly stare and cool disposition of Roth’s borderline psychotic makes this battle of wits a game well worth watching. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Tim RothWayland
Chris PennBraxton
Michael RookerKennesaw
Renee ZellwegerElizabeth
Ellen BurstynMook
Rosanna ArquetteMrs. Kennesaw
Don WinstonWarren
Michael ParksDr. Banyard

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Josh Pate
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 101 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 30, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 16, 2002
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