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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

A female homicide detective faces political opposition, and confronts

8/10
Author: ovaga1 from United States
21 May 2006

If you love a surprising twist at the end of a movie-this is it! Twist, upon twist, upon twist. The flashbacks and use of color are inventive and creative. They help the story. Does art imitate art, or vice versa? This is what the film seems to explore: the theme that sometimes creative individuals turn to crime and violence if they do not get the opportunity to express themselves, or if their creativity is suppressed-as in the case of Jack The Ripper, or Adolf Hitler. Filmically, the black and white flashbacks seem to represent what really happened, and the more colorful ones seem to be from the accused killer's point of view. It's good to see Sherilyn Fenn again. She is credible as a cop and a single mom wrestling to solve a case of murder with a misogynist as the accused, as well as heal herself from the tragic death of her husband.The credit sequence sets up the plot, which is interesting. The music is haunting. And the directing even and sure handed. The end is definitely a surprise!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Presumed Dead

10/10
Author: terirec from United States
20 May 2006

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Presumed Dead starred Actor Duncan Regehr as crime-writer Seth Harmon.In the opening scene Seth was seen chasing after Paige with a bloody kitchen knife. Then Seth was charged with Paige's murder by Detectives, Seth testified in his own defense and was found innocent. Paige was actually being hidden in the woods by Seth, his chauffeur Tyson and a hunter, The detective who believed that Seth had been guilty didn't give up trying to prove his guilt. Paige confides in one of the Detectives named Maryanne that Seth had killed her mother, and that Paige had actually written a book that Seth took the credit for. It was presumed that Paige was dead so I believe that the title fits,

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A masterpiece!

10/10
Author: yawnoc13 from WALES
15 July 2007

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Spoilers beware, readers. Every film student, every future film maker, should run out and locate a copy of this movie. It is a masterpiece of inept, hole ridden, movie making of the very worst kind. Yes, grab a copy of this utterly absurd piece of far fetched junk and it will demonstrate, as you sit with you jaw dropping towards the floor, how not to make a movie! The acting is in a class of it's own. See the mad writer go to pieces (along with the plot). See the henchman who is only short of being called Igor! Or is that Egor? See the near retirement chubby cop allow the defective detective into the evidence room without supervision thus allowing her to liberate valuable evidence from the cop shop. See the worst use of a E. Hemingway photo in the history of visual storytelling. I could go on but please discover for yourselves the many delights this gem contains, it may not make you happy but it will certainly make you a better film-maker-writer. Enjoy!

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Worst movie I've watched in 2010

1/10
Author: anderson_d_almeida from Brazil
12 December 2010

The year is coming to a close and I have a sure winner for the worst of the year. The only movie I voted 1 in 2010.

I took notes of my thoughts (as I usually do) but after 15 minutes I had listed so many problems that I decided to stop it: the list had gotten way too long. From that point on I just sat back and watched, asking myself if I should trust my eyes and ears: could a movie be that bad?

The story is ridiculous. Written by Keith Shaw under the name of Lindsay James (would that be the name he signs when he writes something that even he is ashamed of?)

Should I bother to disclose this? Well, the person we think will end up being right is - surprise! - right. Evidences are tampered, a venal "expert" is bought off - selling his "expertise" to the highest bidder -, a forensic lab technician also breaks the law, but the end justify all those less than laudable means. And, talking about laudable, the person who orchestrates all that is commended for doing that. (In 2 other movies I've watched recently where the cops planted or tampered with evidence, at least they ended up dead and looked upon in shame). I can only hope that law enforcement in my city works a little bit differently.

Direction is confusing. The director tries hard to makes us think in certain directions intending to surprise us. It certainly didn't work in my case.

Performances are laughable. I actually liked John Tench as the butler. Do you think you ever saw a stereotypical butler? The butler that jokes are made about? Well, think again and watch him. His scenes made the movie look like a spoof of horror movies. I thought Leslie Nilsen would show up next.

I may keep the DVD: it provides valuable lessons on how NOT to make a movie.

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The Defective Detective

5/10
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY
9 August 2009

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**SPOILERS** In its trying to be different by putting in as many sub-plots that can fit into a 90 minute movie, I counted at least five, the made for TV movie "Presumed Dead" gets so confusing that by the time it's finally over you know less about its story then what you knew when it first started!

The movie starts off with a crazed man, who looks like he's hypnotizes, running around the woods with a large butcher knife, dripping with blood, chasing this terrified young woman. The man who's arrested later turns out to be America's top murder mystery writer Seth Harmon, Durgan Regeh, and the woman, who ends up missing by jumping into a nearby stream, Harmon's protégé Paige Stevenson, Rhonda Dent. Getting herself on the case despite the objections of her boss Captain Dade, Blu Mankuma,is the very annoying and bitchy lady detective Mary Anne Cooper, Sherilyn Fenn.

Even though "Coop", as Det. Cooper is is known by her fellow cops, is supposed to be on convalescent leave since her husband, also a cop, was killed in a hold-up earlier in the year she still manages, by her constantly pestering Capt Dade, to not only get on the case but become the officer in charge of it! This later helps Harmon, who opted to defend himself at his trial, to get off by Coop in her making a fool of herself, by testifying for the prosecution, while subjected to Harmon's whithering cross-examination.

It's after Harmon is found innocent that the movie starts to go in all different directions in trying to tie up all the loose ends in to what exactly happened to Paige Stevenson who's still on the police blotter as a missing person. And just what exactly the now freed Seth Hermon had to do with her being missing or even possibly, if Paige's body is ever found, murder!

***SPOILERS**** It soon becomes evident, at least to Coop, that Paige had ghost written Harmon's latest blockbuster murder mystery novel "Death Row Confessions". Paige now wanting to get the credit in writing that novel was going to go public in exposing Harmon for the fraud that he is. Soon Coop got another piece of information, on a typed message on her cellphone, that had to do with a previous novel-called "The Mocking Glass Murder"-that Harmon wrote, before he started suffering from writers block, some time ago. It was in that novel where Harmon describes a murder that actually took place which-now hold on to your hats-he in fact participated in!***MAJOR SPOILER**** The fictitious novel " The Mocking Glass Murder" very factually described the true story of the vicious suffocation murder of Heather Mason, Tracy Trueman, who just happened to be Paige's mom! The question now is if Paige is in fact dead then who's supplying Coop with all this explosive information that only the missing and presumed dead Paige Stevenson who witnessed her moms murder, while hiding in a closet, could possibly have known!

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