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So short and yet so boring
przgzr from Zagreb, Croatia
8 November 2004
Who is this movie supposed to be for?
With two almost-teen kids among main characters the target population
might be school age kids. But, according to this site 'Secret Witness'
is a 'drama', and not a 'family' movie. It's not a surprise, because in
USA you can't expect to have a secret relation between a divorced man
and a woman just about to be divorced, kids watching love scenes spying
through windows, or a twelve year old girl announcing she'll write
novels about sex - all that in a movie for kids (last of that today
maybe in any movie). If this film were European, this wouldn't be a
problem, but if it were German a detective story would be emphasized
and not so slow; if it were French a father-son relation would be far
more developed and a mother would probably appear and take part in
solving problems (or complicating them even more).
Adults would surely expect even more from a(ny) movie. You can't make
drama just having father who doesn't take time enough with his son who
lives with mother (who, as we can guess, treats him the same way). And
you can't have a thriller or a crime movie when the murder happens in
the second half of the movie; especially if you expect it from the
start (due to the title). When something finally starts happening, this
movie suddenly ends.
Acting is awful. Rasche and Corbin are worse than ever, and Le Mat can
make us believe he is a weird artist, but transformation to a psychotic
killer completely fails. (If younger, Anthony Perkins would be an ideal
choice for the role.) Kids are acting much better but you can't lean on
kids to save a non-kids movie.
I can't remember a single reason for anyone to watch this movie. I
don't like action movies, but this one is too boring and too slow even
for me. Only if you are a person easy to get offended - there is
nothing that should offend anyone in this movie. Because there is
nothing in this movie at all.
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