This is a movie about a detective brought back from exile in the fire department to solve a perplexing series of murders. He is very smart and means well, and those around him mostly are not smart and do not mean well unless there is something to be gained for themselves by doing good. The detective, played by Kevin Kline, makes it clear that it is better to be good and smart. That's a reasonable accomplishment for a movie.
The plot of this thing is not complex or terribly interesting, but the writing is crisp and all of the actors (including Alan Rickman, Susan Sarandon, Danny Aiello, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Harvey Keitel) are way overqualified for their roles, so that the movie just floats on talent. Also, it has unexpectedly beautiful scenes, especially of beautiful bodies shown to perfection. It inspires real loyalty, out of all proportion to its weight.
One last good thing about it: it is full of bad words and explicit sexual references, and they work very well and seem utterly appropriate. One can learn something from The January Man about how this range of language works, what it adds.
This is a small treasurePosted by shea0017 at May 14, 2006 1:15 AM