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In San Juan, Puerto Rico, after two gristly murders, the murderer has used the victims' blood to paint the walls by the bodies. An agnostic Jesuit priest, whose brother was the first victim... See full summary »

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Uncle Daniel
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Mary (as Bridget Ann White)
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Charlotte
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Father Neil
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Suzy Q
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Axel Cintrón ...
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In San Juan, Puerto Rico, after two gristly murders, the murderer has used the victims' blood to paint the walls by the bodies. An agnostic Jesuit priest, whose brother was the first victim, visits the crime scene: look for a talented abstract-expressionist painter who's going through a spiritual crisis and is angry at God, the priest says. The police ask Father Michael to continue to assist them, and he visits Bohemian haunts an artist might frequent. Father Michael's own history unfolds, too: he's a painter, he has an ex-girlfriend in San Juan, and he's attracted to Mary, a life-drawing model. Soon all fingers point to an aging local artist, Lewis Garou. Case closed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There's something unholy in the way he kills.


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Rated R for violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »
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William Gove's The Apostate
10 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Richard Grieco turns in the best performance of his checkered

career in this underappreciated little thriller.

Grieco is Father Michael, who returns to his native Puerto Rico for

his brother's funeral. His brother, a gay prostitute, was slashed to

death by sicky artist Dennis Hopper, and the blood was splashed

on the walls. I didn't ruin anything for you, Hopper is shown doing

the killing. Another woman is killed by Hopper, and Grieco sees

the crime scene, courtesy of his detective uncle. Grieco is also an

artist and immediately recognizes that Hopper is not just leaving

gory crime scenes, he is painting with the blood. Grieco goes

undercover to root Hopper out. Grieco also meets the pretty Mary

(irony), a nude artist and friend of the dead girl's roommate, who

happens to be Grieco's former lover.

Grieco goes through the San Juan underbelly, and of course,

struggles with his faith, which was very tenuous at best. In the end,

Hopper is caught, but there is another murder, and the ambiguous

ending peaks the viewer's curiosity.

Gove directed his own script, and has a fantastic eye. The camera

loves Grieco, who looks just plain cool in a priest's clothing. He

has one great scene where he is talking about artistic technique

while trying to hold down his lunch at a crime scene. He is really

fantastic in this film, and I wish he could find better parts. Hopper

is okay in the psycho role that he is constantly playing. This could

be the mad bomber from "Speed." One problem I had was with

director Gove's obsession with wrought iron and barred windows

and doors. Every character in the film, major and minor, go through

doors or windows with bars or they peer into windows with bars,

and eventually the whole cute idea gets overwrought (ha ha).

If you want films to compare this to, think of it as a cross between

"True Confessions" and "Seven." Gove may be reaching putting a

priest on the case, but Grieco more than makes up for the script's

minor foibles. I definitely recommend this one.

This is rated (R) and contains strong physical violence, strong

gore, profanity, strong female nudity, male nudity, some sexual

content, sexual references, and adult situations.


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