A guy's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime.
Having left Brixton and become a successful business woman, Tiki returns to catch up on her old flame, Soweto. He appears to have wasted his life away, living in a squat. The two people and... See full summary »
Paulette P. Williams
District attorney Ford Cole is running for mayor, promising to capture the city's elusive crime boss, Danny Ludin. On the night of a gas link in the inner city, his interview with a national reporter is interrupted by word that his best prosecutor, Nora Timmer, who's also his lover, has killed a man she claims was assaulting her. A few minutes later, a man shows up at Cole's office claiming it was murder, implicating Nora in complicated schemes and crimes. Cole wants a few hours to get to the bottom of a mess that quickly includes land deals, shell corporations, and political corruption. Who's setting up whom? Written by
"Slow Burn" (2005) is a neo-noir but not a good one, mainly because the story confuses us, leaves so many loose ends and progresses badly. Some of it is clear enough, but important parts are not. There is no feeling of resolution to the story. Mainly we experience the frustration of the prosecutor, the Ray Liotta character, who cannot seem to sort anything out.
The central premise is very implausible, which is that a mastermind named Danny Luden runs the city's rackets through a multi-city and multi-million dollar combine and Liotta doesn't know who he is or what he looks like, only that he exists. In fact, Liotta even has in the past brought a fake Luden to trial. We understand that Luden has a scheme afoot to dispossess the current occupants of a portion of the city so that he can build a new development and profit handsomely on real estate appreciation. And we do get to see Luden at the end and identify him, although the revelation has no impact. But how this ties in with everything else is murky, way too murky and disconnected to make a compelling story.
Tied in with him somehow is an assistant d.a., a white woman who is passing for black, played by Jolene Blalock. She's involved in some scheme and in the murder of her lover, an innocent guy she intended to use for her (or Luden's) purposes somehow. Yet at a critical juncture in the story, Liotta and we are denied information about what exactly happened to this young man who was killed.
Enough already. I looked through the film a second time and still could not decypher it. It has all the look and atmosphere of a neo-noir. Its story has all the uncertainty and corruption of a neo-noir. But there is a limit. One still needs a story we can grasp. That's not the case here for important parts of the movie. I'd rate this about 4.5 if I could.
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