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Twisted
Twisted
Starring Ashley Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia,
David Strathairn, Russell Wong, Camryn Manheim

Ashley Judd stars as a San Francisco cop, newly promoted to the homicide department.

Her first case is a about a dead man found floating in the Bay. She tells her new partner (Andy Garcia) that the dead man is someone she had a one night stand with. Even so, the Police Commissioner (Samuel L. Jackson) lets her stay on the case. He raised her since she was a child after her father murdered his wife and then killed himself. He trusts her instincts and capabilities as a cop.

That is, until another murdered body is found similarly beaten up and marked with the same cigarette burn as the first. Judd also had a one night affair with this victim. Finding that she has a disturbing and somewhat dangerous past, the department is also slowly finding clues that cast Judd as the prime suspect.

She has a nasty habit of going to bars, drinking too much, picking up strangers, taking them to their place, having sex and returning home where she passes out. Her blackouts prevent her from remembering key events from the previous night, and she even begins to think she might be guilty of the murders.

Judd is effective at playing the tough, capable female role as a cop. She's very believable, and it's not her fault that the film doesn't work in the end.

The climax is a problem because it's very predictable. The first two thirds of the film build up suspense and expose a few likely suspects, but the ending doesn't live up to the anticipation and expectation.

 
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Twisted
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D-
 
 
B-
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