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SAMUEL L. Jackson is suffering the same fate as Robert De Niro - they're both great actors who keep making bad choices.

Jackson hasn't been in a good film for ages and this one is no exception. He tries his best but there's only so much you can do with clumsy dialogue and plodding repetition.

He plays police commissioner John Mills, who brought up Jessica Shepard (Ashley Judd) - the daughter of his former partner - after her parents' deaths.

She followed him into the force and has just been promoted to inspector in the homicide division, teaming up with Andy Garcia.

Her first case arrives with the discovery of a familiar body - she picked the man up in a bar a few weeks before and slept with him.

It's put down to coincidence until the next body is also one of her conquests.

As she becomes more angry, violent and unable to account for her movements at the time of the murders, she emerges as the prime suspect.

Shepard is a hard-drinking, promiscuous, aggressive and not particularly likeable heroine, so we don't really care whether or not she's a killer.

There are plenty of red herrings and interesting shots of San Francisco, but very few thrills.

You may well leave the cinema with the biggest mystery unanswered - why did you waste your money on the price of a ticket?


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2004
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