Archive for June 13th, 2010

Bad Karma

by on Jun.13, 2010, under Daily Review

I had a bad feeling about this film, but how wrong could I be. It’s a great film to watch, easy on the eye, suspenseful, fast moving and atmospheric. The locations are great too, interesting, but realistic characters dramatised by some pretty good actors although the script lets the film down slightly, it’s forgivable.

The story follows a crazy woman, (Patsy Kensit) institutionalised for believing she was involved in the Jack the Ripper murders, 1888, Whitechapel London. As an assistant to Jack himself, she believes there is an afterlife and reincarnation, and that it’s her Doctor (Patrick Muldoon) that is the Ripper. She also believes they should be together again in this life, as wolves, slaughtering the lambs. So, she escapes from the hospital in search of her true partner, hacking and slashing as she goes.

So, crazy plot really, but it works. The music is a big dramatic score that never stops for a minute, which lifts the film into a suspenseful place. Kensit is great in this film. I’ve always been a fan and here she is at her finest. She’s got real screen presence but here actually does a great job with the violent crazy bitch character. It’s the first time I’ve seen Muldoon in a film and he’s pretty good too, a background working on US TV, Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives, but her shows he can make the step into film and does so with some real ability. Amy Locane is bloody good too in a supporting role as the Doctors missus: again, I’ve always been a fan since seeing here in the delicious Cry Baby.

John Hough has been making films for years and he carries a real charm and style with his film making. It’s accessible and enjoyable to watch with some twists and turns which work at a good pace and don’t hurt your head. I really enjoy his movies and here, he shows he’s still got the talent and ability.

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