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Review by Dragan Antulov
½ star out of 4
Human mind has a tendency to remember the good and forget the
bad times. At least some people involved in the movie industry
should appreciate the fact that money atrocious films tend to sink
to oblivion. Otherwise reputation of many talented people would
forever be marred by single mistakes, while many titles would
forever be remembered not only as bad films but also as terrible
career choices. One the films who demonstrates the healing power
of oblivion is JADE, 1995 erotic thriller directed by William
The plot, based on the screenplay by Joe Eszterhasz, is set in
Francisco and begins with the brutal murder of rich industrialist.
The investigation is led by prosecutor David Corelli (played by
David Caruso) who discovers photographs with California
governor Lew Edwards (played by Richard Crenna) in most
compromising position. Apart from political considerations,
Corelli's investigation is additionally complicated due to more
personal reasons - the murder weapon has the fingerprints
belonging to Trina Gavin (played by Linda Fiorentino),
psychologist who used to be Corelli's former girlfriend and who is
now married to Corelli's best friend, defence attorney Matt Gavin
(played by Chazz Palminteri).
Like in many of his thrillers, erotic or otherwise, Eszterhasz tries to
compensate the lack of common sense and likeable characters
with the "saucy" details that are supposed to give exotic, or even
controversial, flavour to routine crime story. Unfortunately,
director William Friedkin has little patience or willingness to put
together chaotic and often incomprehensible plot and instead
concentrates on the thing he does best - car chase. Since JADE
contains only one such scene, the rest of the film is way bellow the
standards that we are supposed to expect from someone who
directed films like FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST.
Actors are even more disappointing. David Caruso sleepwalks
through lead role and thus, shortly after his well-publicised
departure from NYPD BLUE, becomes a poster boy for Hollywood
stars who made bad career choices. His partner Linda Fiorentino
fares marginally better, obviously unable to exploit her femme
fatale potential so well-demonstrated in THE LAST SEDUCTION.
Chazz Palminteri looks like his trying to give some meat to his role,
but his efforts can't defeat Eszterhasz's and Friedkin's ineptness.
Finally, Michael Biehn terribly overacts in the role of policeman.
The only good thing about JADE, apart from car chase, is nice
photography by Andrzej Bartkowiak. "Erotic" dimension of this
thriller is supposed to be found in couple of "steamy" scenes
(which were denied to American audience due to MPAA's puritan
standards and left untouched in European version), but they are
hardly erotic, mostly due to bad editing and the impression of
being artificial inserted into JADE from another film. All in all,
JADE is a film that deserved its descent into oblivion.
Copyright © 2002 Dragan Antulov
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