Theresa Russell seduces rich men by conforming to their dreams in terms of appearance andbehaviour, marries them, and then kills them. She thinks her means are undetectable. But JusticeDepartment investigator Debra Winger has noticed a pattern, and becomes obsessed withtracking Russell down. She follows her to Hawaii (where she is working on her latest target),befriends her, and the stage is set for a psychological chess game.
The idea is promising, but the executio… is uninspired. There is too much time spent onpretty pictures of Hawaii, and the narrative lacks drive, eroticism or real suspense. We are toldthat the two characters are obsessed, but aren’t properly shown that they are, or even why theyare. Finally, the resolution is particularly unconvincing.
The sound is 2.0, but is a pretty solid, impressive 2.0. The left/right separation is solid, butwhat is particularly good is the sense of environment. Plane engines, traffic, office brouhaha,helicopter blades, you name it: it all echoes in satisfyingly immersive fashion. There is someslight distortion on the dialogue, however.
The image is available in both fullscreen and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen aspects. Theblacks are terrific, and the contrasts are good. The colours are decent, but not overwhelming. Theimage is a bit soft, though not distractingly so, and this is a 17-year-old film. There are no realedge enhancement problems.
Basic menu, and the extras are two TV spots and the theatrical trailer, along with trailers forDon’t Say a Word, High Crimes and Joy Ride.
Middling stuff by every measure. Not good, not bad. Just kinda there.
Special Features List
- TV Spots