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Robert Downey Jr.
While restoring an old painting showing a woman and two men playing chess, Julia discovers the text "Who killed the knight" underneath the paint. The owner of the painting tells her that one of his forefathers was killed, the painting might identify the murderer. When Julia's friend is killed she understands that there is more to it. She consults Domenec, a chess genius who reconstructs the game from the painting. With any piece he takes, somebody dies. Written by
Radboud Bruinsma <Radboud_Bruinsma@hg.maus.de>
good lord ... so amateurish it's a crime .. and again, why can't we give ZERO STARS?!
simply terrible ... even kate beckinsdale who is apparently a competent actress in other roles, is just ridiculously bad in this pathetic adaptation of one of the finest novelists of the last 50 years ... it is just beyond me how they could watch the dailies during the filming and think they had anything other than the poorest type of community theatre production ... either ridiculous reactions to other character's actions or words or stomach curdling overwrought howling fits by beckinsdale make this one of the 10 worst movies i've seen in the last 20 years ...
and to ruin one of the fine novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte is truly a crime ... this kind of movie unfortunately reflects on the novelist and makes movie adaptations of his other works unlikely ... as if it's his fault ... read his novels ...
and furthermore the soundtrack almost made me turn the movie off in the first ten minutes ... my god ... it's as if they searched royalty free soundtracks and then chose a mixture of the worst ones ... annoying at times to where you're thinking of murder but not from the plot ... so pathetically 'obvious' as when they suddenly insert an old sax-dominated noir type section when beckinsdale is searching her apartment ... just awful and kate is playing a brit ... why are her pits hairy? and of course why bother having actors at least use a Spanish accent for the parts that are supposed to be spaniards ... just use a British accent ... that sounds 'european' enough ...
jim mcbride should be horsewhipped for doing this ... actually he should get double punishment for directing it as well as completely mucking up the novel with his input on the screenplay ... the other two dolts credited with the screenplay are obviously adleminded since they wanted their name on this piece of trash and again why can't we give ZERO STARS???!!!
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