Twisted - Special
Paramount Home Entertainment
Date: August 31, 2004
Review posted: September 3, 2004
(Ashley Judd), a San Francisco police inspector, prowls the
wharf for a
serial killer whose victims all have one thing in common: her. The
investigation becomes more and more twisted
as her partner (Andy
Garcia) behaves strangely, and the police commissioner (Samuel L.
Jackson) is being asked
to remove her from the
investigation as she is a prime suspect. All the clues point to her
and Jessica begins to suspect that she might be the killer she is
Twisted tells a familiar
tale of a police investigator who wants to do the right thing, but
something doesn't add up in the investigation. When suspects start
dying, the inspector in question, played by Ashley Judd in a rather
tired role, becomes a suspect, and then the script calls for some
twists to create suspense. Instead of describing events and characters
more carefully, the script's focus seems to be more on the twists,
figuring out how and where to place the clues. The narrative is fine
but too familiar. Guessing the identity of the killer is always a fun
thing to do with thrillers and murder mysteries, and in the case of
Twisted I was partially wrong with my guess, although by the time
the climax arrived I just didn't care at all, not to mention the
showdown doesn't make much sense.
The direction by Philip Kaufman (Quills,
The Right Stuff) is positive and negative, he stages a few good
scenes yet those play opposite a big party of weak ones that are
plagued by bland dialogue. The cinematography looks pretty neat, and
San Francisco looks great in this film. Surprisingly, the film's
talent is interesting to look at, but then one has to wonder why they
would show up in such an average, been-there-done-that type of
thriller. For Samuel L. Jackson it was probably to work with Kaufman,
because otherwise his "mentor" character in the film is not very
challenging or interesting. Andy Garcia probably just needed the work,
or wanted to play a familiar character. As for Ashley Judd, she's been
making some odd choices in her career lately, and hopefully Twisted
will be the last thriller in the "Ashley Judd" trilogy that includes
Kiss The Girls and Double Jeopardy. If you notice, the
posters for all three films look very similar.
Paramount presents Twisted
in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer looks fine, though there
are small issues with edge enhancement and artifacts. Grain appears a
lot, while detail and sharpness are fine.
Paramount presents Twisted
in English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround. Front speakers do a good enough
job emitting the audio - dialogue is basically clear and easy to
understand. On the other hand, the rear speakers come alive only in a
few instances. A decent audio presentation at best that's neither
aggressive nor too quiet. An English 2.0 track and a 5.1 French dub
are also included, as are English and Spanish subtitles.
The director's commentary
by Philip Kaufman covers scene-specific stuff such as what's happening
in the story or what a character is doing. There are quite a lot of
pauses on this track, and not too much production trivia or other info
of that kind is discussed. Overall, an okay/below average commentary.
Ten deleted/alternate scenes
are offered with optional director commentary. None of these scenes
add very much to the film as a whole, and with most scenes being
extensions of existing scenes in the film there's really nothing lost.
You'll watch these once maybe, but never again. Kaufman's commentary
here is okay.
Next up are three featurettes
with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Creating a Twisted
Web of Intrigue discusses the film's suspense and how the
filmmakers tried to create it (self-explanatory, isn't it?), The
Inspectors: Clues to the Crime mentions the help of real-life
inspectors and other law-enforcement specialists who helped with the
film, and San Francisco: Scene of the Crime examines how the
city was used as a character in the film. There's not a whole lot to
these featurettes, basically a one-time thing.
Rounding out the extras are
several trailers for Paramount titles.
Twisted is strictly rental
material. There are not enough rewarding factors in the film to
recommend it - the script just didn't deliver on its intentions, plus
the storyline and characters are familiar. Ashley Judd fans may want
to give this DVD a look, others should look into renting some classic
VERDICT: RENT IT
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