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This has Lifetime stamped all over it, which is never really a great
thing but doesn't have to be a bad thing.
The stars, although IMDb doesn't list them, are Jonathan Higgins, Dina Meyer, and Amy Sloan. The Dina character sues the Higgins character for sexual harassment, and there the fun begins.
If you're familiar with the genre, most of this movie can be figured out in the first reel. It's nonetheless entertaining in its derivative way. Dina Meyer does a fine job and is a beautiful woman, and Jonathan Higgins is convincing as a nervous wreck. The end has a neat twist to it.
It's a little slow-moving and, as stated, you can see most of it coming a mile away, but Meyer definitely elevates it.
This is a slick roller coaster ride of a crime drama. because of the
many, many, plot twists it's hard to summarize this movie without
giving away something so all I can say is that this movie starts with a
plan for a married man along with a beautiful co-worker of his to
defraud his employers out of millions of dollars and ends up with
blackmail and murder. All of this is common in movies like this, but
what isn't so common is that in Crimes of Passion, while you may think
you have everything worked out but at the finale you never know who is
going to walk away alive.
I gave it seven stars out of ten only because there was maybe one or two plot twists too many; those last two being just a little too improbable to really set well. At the end all I could only say was, "Oh, good grief!" Like all roller coaster rides, this one left me dizzy at end, but it kept me watching nonetheless.
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This movie was full of action and I stayed up until 3 in the morning to see the end unfortunately it all went down the drain. In the end every interesting character is dead while the whiny and annoying Ex-wife walks away free with all of the money. Like any good book, if the ending stinks then it wasn't worth reading in the first place. Yes she is supposed to be a victim in all of this, but I could not find any way to feel sorry for her. She only came across as needy and impossible to please. Don't get me wrong, great movie with plenty of action and plot twists, but the ending ruins it for me. I would have been happy if at least Jonathan Higgins had lived and just went to prison. The way it went just totally turned me off.
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Some Lifetime flicks drag in spots - this one does - but "Crimes of
Passion" is more fascinating, overall, than most, and does provide
serpentine twists at the conclusion. These, and decent performances by
the four primary characters, make it worth watching through to the end,
despite some occasional convoluted plot developments and the
One of the two primary leads, Jonathan Higgins, could be called "a poor man's Nicolas Cage." He bears resemblance to the latter, and Nicholas is often low-key and a bit off-center in his characterizations, as is Higgins, but with just a proportion of Cage's talent, and none of his charisma. He's also not in the best of mental health, and throughout (especially when attempting to reach his out-of-town shrink towards the end), seems like what "Monk" might be, were he to engage in criminality (but sans Tony Shalhoub's personality and talent level).
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I would add this to conform to this site's requirements, and this might perhaps provide information as to the ending -- however, I don't believe it would really "spoil" it, and might serve to encourage some who might change channels to watch to conclusion.
Married leads "A" and "B" are splitting-up; she appears at times during the opus to claim her needed stipends from hubby, and they banter nervously and loudly throughout. But "A" has conspired with the winsome "C," to gain a large wad of cash, however, unfortunately, professional investigator "D" has knowledge of their deed and windfall, and wants a major cut.
But ----- "C" is really in cahoots with "D," and, near the climax, this is revealed to "A." In the ensuing tussle, "D" if offed, and then, as "A" and "C" are about to have some sort of showdown, all of a sudden "B" appears at the remote locale. She's the only one not preciously involved in the nefarious activities, but she possesses the means to dispatch "C" forthwith.
At this point "A" is dangling from the edge of a deck, high above-ground (from which "D" previously fell to his demise). So there now remains only the original couple ("A"/"B"), divorce still only pending, with him needing her assistance, or he'll fall to his demise alongside "D."
Scene dissolves to "B" being questioned, alone, and exonerated at police station. The only "innocent" heretofore in this opus, she walks freely from the station, opens the trunk of her vehicle. Guess what she views in the satchel firmly stored in the trunk.
Crimes of Passion serves twists and turns at every move and is worth
watching until the end.
An unfaithful husband and his mistress set up a sex harassment charge only to be tricked at every turn.
Jonathan Higgins is suitably pathetic as the dithery,unfaithful husband, Dina Meyer stunning as the temptress.
The location scenery in this film is beautiful and sensitively shot
The final shot is worth waiting for and should make errant husbands wonder a/ why any woman would actually fall for them and b/ why any man should even think about straying.
The bare outline of this story is familiar, as several reviewers have noted. But many successful theatrical thrillers also tread familiar narrative ground. The thriller is a genre that covers a relatively limited range of plot lines, but we don't mind, provided the story has some element of originality, the characters are engaging and the direction is well paced and properly suspenseful. It's unfortunate that the brief description of the plot contained on some venues already gives away the central twist. Still, there's enough left to keep the viewer engaged. The acting is uneven, from the typical Lifetime amateurishness to a few professional performances, especially in this case from Amy Sloan, playing the wife of the male lead. But what kept this viewer engaged was the story line, which was good enough for a theatrical release - IF a bigger budget, a better director and better actors were provided. Nonetheless, this movie is far better than what we expect from Lifetime. The plot line, even when sometimes predictable, never drags and the twists, even when anticipated, somehow work. Crimes of Passion is worth your time.
Had this movie reflected the normal, routine acting, direction and production values of a made-for-TV movie, it would have to be rated 5 to 6. But this was a big screen quality production which proved it can be done for a modest fee. The little known actors were excellent, the lighting, sound and photography were as good or better than the most expensively produced big screen movies. The plot, while very good, was greatly enhanced by the quality of the production. We'll certainly research, record and view more made-for T V movies, based on this experience and we'll specifically seek out the offerings of the production company responsible for this film.
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Very well-acted and suspenseful story that heaps on the surprises and
is full of suspense.
Dina Meyer is superb as a sexy, back-stabbing ice queen who has made a career of filing sexual-harassment suits. Awww.....She can't help it she's so gorgeous!
Jonathan Higgins is very entertaining as Jerry, an emotionally unstable, alcoholic philanderer who erroneously thinks he's smarter than everyone else.
Amy Sloan does well as Jerry's beleaguered wife, despite being saddled with the familiar role of the Lifetime heroine who triumphs in the end.
John H. Brennan, looking like a perfectly coiffed and manicured soap-opera star, is a little too handsome to have been cast as a venal investigator but he excels in the slimy part.
I loved Harry Standjofski and Can Anvar as dueling lawyers. Their acerbic back-and-forth made for some exceptionally sparkling dialogue.
Vlasta Vrana also maintained interest in the small but interesting role of a businessman reluctant to get screwed by his subordinates.
In addition to the interesting if sometimes superficial characterizations here, this film features several truly creepy, suspenseful sequences. I am not too proud to admit they had me hiding my eyes!
In all, this was much, much better than I expected for a Lifetime film.
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Another TV production, so why to watch ? I tell you...It got (Dina
Meyer) in it, OHH then let's watch it for sure !
The movie got on it the name of (Brad Mirman) the writer of cinematic slick flicks like (Body of Evidence - 1993). In fact this kind of sexual thrillers became a common fashion after the exploding of (Basic Instinct) at the start of the 1990s to have movies like : (Sliver - 1993), (Jade - 1995), (Wild Things - 1998). So (Crimes of Passion - 2005) is just tracking this previous work yet by the average TV's measures, and without the heavy sexuality. But all in all it looked like another rip-off from the good old (Double Indemnity - 1944) !
Maybe the chain of surprises at the first half was good however the cold acting with the very very traditional direction ruined it. And the second half was completely predictable for me. Although I'm a scriptwriter but it doesn't take one to disclose it because any moviegoer with brain can uncover the whole thing, and at the middle of it also.
I was guessing a lot of twists that some of them turned out to be better than the original ones eventually. For instance : the hidden conspiracy between (Meyer) and the other man conceals more malicious conspiracy between (Meyer) and the grasping wife (Rebecca Walker), and perhaps they're lesbians too !, or some things like that.
The main weak points were : too many dialogues, yes, it's a TV but not a TV series ! Not to mention that the writer forgot about a consecutive commercials would interrupt it all the time ! The assured hypothesis that (Jerry) or the husband or whoever the jerky victim was, would kill for the sake of his hot mistress ! Why it's that assured ?? Over and above that twist at the end, when the wife takes the money for herself, it's nothing but a try to make you leave your seat feeling deceitfully that it's overall kind of a new. As they knew so well that you've already watched the same story so many times before especially at the near 1990s, however it was hotter and more artistic in previous movies!
Speaking of which, I enjoyed the wicked, haunting, very steamy presence of (Dina Meyer). She's hot in every possible way. Her way of talking, looking, moving was purely electrifying. Her intro is one of the best scenes I've ever watched in a TV work. I will never ever forget her coquettish gaze at the elevator, with or without the camera abutting her lovely butt in that tide black dress previously for the whole first 3 minutes ! She was bigger than the little movie, better than ones preceded her in the same role such as (Sharon Stone, Linda Fiorentino, ..), and she was the only miscast one in here indeed as nobody was bright as her. Which makes you wonder, why she's still stray in movies like this away from being a movie star in Hollywood ?? where there are many who really don't deserve such fuss, or such blockbusters, in comparison !
It's too ordinary, close to poor, movie with good plot but familiar, and without too much renewal except being weaker than its likes, with ironically a lead star who was stronger than her likes !
This is another LMN soap opera detective story with so many twists you
lose track of the concept. Interesting characters, mainly the three
leads, Amy Sloan, Jonathan Higgins and Rebecca Walker. With some good
supporting players in the shady lawyer and "best friend" to Jonathan.
Won't go into plot, only yo say it went on too long and commercials
interfered with the suspense.
Amy Sloan as the "other woman" did a remarkable job and is a gorgeous knockout that you can understand why the hubby left his wife for her. The hubby, Jonathan Higgins, was at times too much of the nervous twit. I just wanted him to end it all. He gets on your nerves after a while. The wife, not so attractive Rebecca Walker, is mis cast and rather a dull and boring actress. But, even her bad performance didn't take it away from the other two. Fortunately she isn't in the picture that much.
The title should be changed to Crimes of Stupidity. For there certainly was no passion in this film between the players. I give it a 5 for the writing.
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