On the web, the reporter poses as an implausibly makeshift vixen out to shag the boss. Suggestive, sexy, willing but not too eager; the archetype of the dream virtual date. In the “real” world, poor Berry is made to cuss and curse like a sailor whenever she’s at odds with her partners. Other times she’s a pop philosopher on the benefits and pitfalls of virtual anonymity. Jean Baudrillard is turning in his grave.
Bruce Willis doesn’t fare much better. He never really convinces as a potential murdering millionaire suspect, and is further hamstrung by a script that requires him to stand there and look awkward. For a supposed serial womaniser-slash-alleged-ladykiller (literally), he’s about as threatening as Tinky Winky on Botox.
Speaking of Teletubbies, Giovanni Ribisi is the only one of a strangely respectable cast that leaves any kind of lasting impression. It’s mainly because he’s a completely different character from scene to scene: pathetic, menacing, obsessive, genius, sad.
But at least this is consistent with the film’s inherent sense of confusion. In its final act it shifts gracelessly from a psycho melodrama, into a courtroom tragedy, into a murder thriller, into a ceremonial beating with a virtual morality stick.
At least you don’t have to see Bruce’s willis, though even Color of Night’s plot seems more credible that this drek. The film, its story and any chance of enjoyment are all summed up in one word: unlikely.
- Anton Marshall
With a thriller this shamefully lecherous you might expect some good old fashioned sex scenes to break up the snore-worthy plot. But alas, Halle aint getting her berries out this time.
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