Kiss the Girls (1997) – Review

Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman), a Washington DC detective travels to North Carolina in hopes of investigating the kidnapping of a family member – before eventually unearthing something more sinister than just a single missing persons case. Assisted by an escaped kidnapee, Kate McTiernan (Ashley Judd), the pair attempt to take down the kidnapper, turned killer, who goes under the name “Casanova”. A good movie from 1997 that is currently streaming on Netflix.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Gary Fleder
Writers: James Patterson, David Klass
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes

After the success of ‘Se7en’ alongside Brand Pitt, I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Morgan Freeman was hoping to create yet another masterpiece in the psychological thriller genre. With that being said, I don’t think this one quite matched the dizzy heights that Se7en achieved – still however, thoroughly watchable and proven in its own right.

The plot was fascinating, but equally as dark, disturbing and complex at the same time. It kept you on the edge of your seat from the off and the acting throughout was top notch – most notably from supporting actress, Ashley Judd, who played Kate McTiernan. Her portrayal as one of Casanova’s victims was almost award worthy – unfortunately however, she narrowly missed out on a “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” gong at the Satellite Award’s in 1998 to Julianna Moore, who starred in Boogie Nights.

It’s also worth noting that the story had several different sub-plots too, leading the main characters down several different paths, keeping the movie fresh and less than predictable while doing so for the viewer.

Another strength of the flick had to come in the closing stages, and it’s fair to say that I don’t think too many people could have seen the final twist coming. A really good example of storytelling and how to keep your viewer on the edge of their seat for the duration of the flick.

The movie was suspenseful throughout and the camera work, along with the mysterious setting was outstanding. There were even several extremely gripping, dark and gritty scenes thrown in too, which would shame most horror movies of today. Overall an enjoyable film that should be on the radar for most people.

“Multiply your anger by about one hundred, Kate, that’s how much he thinks he loves you…”

Alex Cross – Kiss the Girls

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