Rated: R for sex and violence. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 13, 1995 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Director William Friedkin molds and frames this Hitchcock-like thriller with effective light and dark, and a musical score that builds and outlines the tense action with grace and emotion.
Th final scene isn't quite what it could be but the over-all twists and turns of this mystery about sex, political scandal and murder demand attention like a good novel which can't be put down at the end of a chapter. The script gives too much weight to the office of Governor of California. The power to hide this scandal doesn't exist at any political level.
David Corelli (David Caruso) is a prosecutor assigned to solve a brutal axe murder of a well known society leader. The guy is chipped into pieces by someone who is raging. Other similar murders occur as Corelli closes in on the murderer. His problem occurs when a woman he once loved, Trina Gavin (Linda Fiorentino), begins to look like the killer. To make the situation worse, Matt Gavin (Chazz Palminteri), Corelli's best friend, is married to the main suspect. A beautiful hooker, Patrice Jacinto (Angie Everhart), who is planning to talk with Corelli, is cursed by a mysterious black Thunderbird. That murder results in an exciting car chase up and down the hills of San Francisco a-la Bullet. Sexually explicit stills and a video tape lead Corelli toward the solution and further away all at the same time.
Caruso is terrific as a man torn by love and duty. Fiorentino is great and Palminteri is perfect as the high powered lawyer.
Even with its flaws, this is a stylish sexy murder mystery.