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Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  18 February 2005 (USA)
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The Declaration Of Independence is stolen while on display in a Los Angeles Bank. The NSA with the assistance of a puzzle slover Code Name Jane Doe becomes involved and solves the mystery.

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The Declaration Of Independence is stolen while on display in a Los Angeles Bank. The NSA with the assistance of a puzzle slover Code Name Jane Doe becomes involved and solves the mystery.

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A good enough genre mystery but doesn't use the "puzzle" hook that well
19 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite being covered full-time by CCTV and having a security guard within a few meters of the display case, the Declaration of Independence vanishes from the first stops on its tour of America. Despite having one of his best agents with him (Helen Morriston), CSA boss Frank Darnell calls in retired CSA puzzle-solver Cathy Davis (codenamed Jane Doe) to have a look. Very quickly Cathy spots why the document was able to just "vanish" – it was never in the case in the first place. Instead what was in it was a slim-line, high-definition display monitor that, inside the case, looked just like the real thing. Working out how and where the document was stolen is only the starting point whenever the thieves deliver their ransom demands.

Having quite enjoyed the second Jane Doe film I saw I decided to give another a go. This film continued the aspect of the last one that I liked, which was the puzzle-solving concept. It worked in the last film (I didn't watch them in order) because the original puzzle was enticing and it remained in place for the majority of the film. With this film the original mystery is "solved" quickly and then the plot moves into a more pedestrian mystery tale that is average for the genre but doesn't use the puzzle concept that well. As the first one is done easily, we get fed more puzzles and, although it is still engaging, it does get a bit tiring to constantly have Cathy constantly saying "it must be some sort of puzzle we have to solve" etc. Although parts of it are quite nice, other bits are pretty obvious (if you can't see who the bad guy is then you must be quite naïve) meanwhile the family section takes up more time than it did in other films – which is not really a good thing although I recognise that they need it to be consistent across the series.

As with the other films, it all looks slick and polish and certainly not cheap like some TVM's can do. Thompson turns in a solid enough character to carry the genre but, without her "puzzle" hook there really isn't much else to her. Her wardrobe ranges from being very housewife to being really quite cool – not sure if this was deliberate or just an inconsistency. She is well supported yet again by the solid presence of Penny, but it would be nice if the series gave him more to do as I tired of him being unavailable when needed, only to burst in at the last moment. Moses doesn't have much to work with and, as usual, is only involved in the lesser, family scenes. Tomita looked sexy and offered an interesting tension with Thompson but her character is too obvious and she can't bring anything else out of it.

Overall then this was an enjoyable enough TV mystery movie. It doesn't really build on the original idea that well and lacks the hook of some of the other films. The cast do the job without bringing much to the table but the whole film moves slickly enough and it is easy watching – which is what I, like many viewers of this sort of thing, was looking for.


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