2006-03-30 12:31


Jessica, a San Francisco street cop, has been appointed detective by Police Commissioner John Mills (Samuel L. Jackson), her surrogate father and mentor. Together with her new partner Mike Delmarco (Andy Garcia), she goes after her first assignment, a murder, and is ready for anything until she realizes that the corpse is a man she once slept with.

What seems like a bizarre coincidence becomes all too suspicious when the next murder victim is also an acquaintance of the police detective--who is also a blackout drinker with an appetite for anonymous, rough sex.

Nightly she returns home, drinks a glass of red wine, and awakens to the news of another victim. Haunted by her own family tragedy (her father went on an insane killing spree and killed her own mother and himself), Jessica begins to doubt her own sanity and suspect herself to be the killer.

What the critics are saying:

"A barren movie full of new-style cliches and bereft of the Gothic thrills, virtuoso scenes and screw-twisting suspense that might make it interesting or fun to watch."
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

"The greatest mystery in this nonsensical thriller is why Philip Kaufman, a first-rate director, lent his talents to such a mediocre piece of studio hackwork."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times

"Twisted is rubbish, but it looks good enough, moves fast enough and does improve as it progresses, principally because its plot disintegrates to the point of outright comedy."
- Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times

The only surprise in this "thriller" is that the remarkable cast and the acclaimed director ever got themselves involved with this plodding and convoluted mess.

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