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A millionaire is found dead of heart failure handcuffed to the bed with a home video tape of him and his lover. When cocaine is found in his system, and his will leaves $8 million to his lover, they arrest her on suspicion of murder. Her lawyer succumbs to her charms, and he begins a torrid and kinky affair with her. As new evidence turns up during trial, he begins to wonder if he's defending a murderer. Written by
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Like most people, I'm weary of celebrities trying to excel in more than one field. The marriage between singer and actor has become increasingly blurred over the years and isn't helped by actors wanting to sing as well. Thus, we have the likes of Britney Spears ("Crossroads"), Mariah Carrey ("Glitter"), Jennifer Lopez ("Anaconda") and Kylie Minogue ("The Delinquents"). Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't recall any of these films being nominated for an Oscar. Madonna has been determined to buck the trend for some time and had a modicum of success in "Dick Tracy". "Body of Evidence" was released just before her infamous "Sex" phase of her career and like that, this film courts controversy for controversy's sake.
Madge plays Rebecca Carlson, as obvious a femme fatale as you can imagine. She's sexy, cold-blooded, wears a beret and implicated in the murder of her lover. You see, he died watching an explicit video of them having sex. So wild and unrestrained was their passion that the old man's heart just packed up. Despite being way too ugly for a role of this type, Willem Dafoe plays her spineless lawyer Frank Dulaney who agrees to take on the case but ends up falling for Rebecca's kinky ways
threatening his marriage as well as the case.
Essentially, this is a court-room drama with gratuitous sex scenes thrown in at random to keep the viewer interested. And it makes no bones about it - all throughout the trial, we hear how shocking and disgusted we'll be at some of the details. But sadly, this film isn't as shocking as they'd like you to believe. Yes, Madonna is seen naked but quite frankly, haven't we all seen her naked over the years? It's not like she's shy or anything. And as for Dafoe, he simply doesn't have the look or attitude for a romantic lead. Consequently, when his character falls for Rebecca, he looks less like a charmed snake and more like a worm on a fish-hook. I suspect Dafoe was brought in because the producers wanted a heavy-weight actor to bring some gravitas to proceedings. No one looks bothered or emotionally engaged with the plot besides Madonna, the blatant centre of attention in this film.
If you compare something like this with something similar like "Basic Instinct" then "Body of Evidence" simply crumples up into a ball and starts crying. The characters and acting are all one-dimensional, the court-room scenes are dull and predictable (and while we're on the subject, how come I haven't seen a decent scene in a court-room since Gregory Peck in "To Kill A Mockingbird"?) and even the sex scenes are slow, ponderous affairs. I'm sorry but I don't consider hand-cuffs or hot wax to be kinky - for some people I know, that's for breakfast. The truth is, your Honour, is that "Body of Evidence" is guilty of wasting your time and everyone else's. And while the murdered man may have had his heart race, yours will not be.
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