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Gothika (2003)
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Not a bad film, 8 December 2006
6/10

Gothika is not the last word in brilliance, but it does contain startling moments and good special effects. It's definitely not a horror movie, more of a supernatural chiller. Halle Berry portrays Dr. Miranda Richardson extremely well, waking up suddenly one day as a patient in the very institution she worked, accused of murdering her husband. She must work hard to prove her innocence, but with such an unlikely story, can she? As a supernatural movie, Gothika actually moves way beyond what viewers may think, but this doesn't mean the film should be ignored: the story can actually keep us guessing as to what happens next, and that's what makes Gothika more interesting to me.

A great performance from Robert Downey Jr., although Penelope Cruz seemed an odd choice to play patient Chloe. In my eyes, she seemed a little contrived and weak. Great eerie atmosphere created by the ominous dark settings though.

Gothika was the first movie in which I'd seen Halle Berry in, and she carries her role off significantly well. The script is alright, and the storyline a little over the top, but Gothika really is not a bad movie. It's not the best by a long shot, but will be enjoyed by those who have not witnessed it as of yet.

9 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Hard-hitting edition, 8 December 2006
9/10

The horrible world of paedophilia dominates Held in Trust, and a young boy goes missing....

D.S. Reid returns to help assist Jack on the case. More worryingly for Jack, he's up for promotion to Chief Inspector! However, when he gets a breakthrough, he makes a grave mistake....

Held in Trust certainly brings home the terrible reality of paedophiles and their horrendous crimes, and an even worse fact that their human rights are more of a priority than their victims...

We hear on the news shocking stories of murdered and abused children, and it's an extremely sad fact that we cannot stop these 'people' altogether. Held in Trust points these facts out poignantly and to the point.

A hard-hitting edition of A Touch of Frost which opens up a lot of serious questions.

Admirable continuation, 7 December 2006
8/10

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Benefit of the Doubt continues with a surprising realisation for Jack and an even more worrying problem for his new sidekick D.S. Reid.

I enjoyed the interaction between David Jason and Joanne Frogatt as Anne. They really seemed to click on screen and viewers will see perhaps a more softer side to the usually grumpy Frost.

Investigations into the case of the missing hospital doctor finally come to an end, but there will be a violent confrontation in store, with the suspect in line for more murderous actions that leave Frost well and truly cornered.

Benefit of the Doubt ended the second of three two part-specials of A Touch of Frost, and the continued strong and alert acting from all concerned make it another watchable and enjoyable edition in the franchise.

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
A great two parter, 7 December 2006
8/10

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When a woman is found dead on a railway line, Jack Frost has his work cut out in trying to find out what happened, whilst also being teamed up with troubled D.S. Reid, handsomely played by Robert Glensiter. They both get off to a bad start though!

If that wasn't bad enough, someone is out there impersonating Jack, and you can't help but laugh at some of the things the phony gets up to. Even more comical is a scene in which a female 'victim' almost picks out the real Jack Frost in an I.D. parade!

Meanwhile, a rather pompous hospital doctor disappears. Is there any connection with this case and the woman's death on the railway line?

Part one of Benefit of the Doubt ends with a shocking twist, which sure leaves Jack Frost overwhelmed, and the usual strong acting from David Jason makes it even more interesting.

Benefit of the Doubt was the second of three two-part specials, originally broadcast in January 2001. Another winner in the series which is there to be enjoyed by viewers.

Se7en (1995)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Probably the best thriller ever made, 7 December 2006
10/10

Se7en is one of my all time favourite films. You cannot fail to be completely drawn in by the thrilling story of two cops on the trail of a sadistic murderer using the seven deadly sins.

Morgan Freeman is a brilliant actor, but Brad Pitt also shows his strengths rather than just being a pretty face! Director David Fincher unleashes a horrible reality of a dangerous - but also clever - serial killer, who doesn't care if he is caught or not.

Gwyneth Paltrow is watchable as David Mills' (Pitt) wife, but the real star of the show is Kevin Spacey as John Doe. He portrays this part superbly delivering such depth into the character you can actually see into his terrifying and gruesome world.

A final nail in the coffin brings with it a great ending, which sends even more shivers down the spine of those who have witnessed this truly exceptional and groundbreaking film. Terrific.

Ring (1998)
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Chilling and scary, 7 December 2006
8/10

Ring certainly deserves it 'horror' tag-line. Nanako Matsushima portrays journalist Reiko Asakawa brilliantly while on the trail to discover why people are dying exactly one week after watching a mysterious videotape.

A terrifying journey leads to an equally terrifying conclusion, mixed with frightening ominous music and subdued atmospheres. It's very eerie as the viewer is taken beyond the scope of imagination that would send even the most hard-edged person into a state of shock....A fine ending to the movie too - what a cliffhanger!

The Japanese are masters in the horror genre, and few foreign films match the sheer shock and horrific scenes we witness in Ring. You certainly cannot watch this film with the lights off! Great.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A strong edition, 7 December 2006
10/10

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With a rapist is on the prowl in Denton, Jack Frost has his work cut out in trying to catch him. WPC Hazel Wallace is enlisted to become a decoy in a vain last ditch attempt, but she is exposed to serious danger....

Stranger in the House is a particularly powerful edition of A Touch of Frost, not least because we can see the terrifying impact of being a rape victim and the sometimes difficult circumstances in trying to apprehend a fiend who will stop at nothing to evade capture. Real victims may see that true taste of reality.

Actress Caroline Harker put in a very convincing portrayal of a young policewoman who bears the brunt of trying to do all she can to bring a sense of relief for victims and simply put the suspect behind bars. The conclusion to the story was well carried out.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A fine conclusion, 7 December 2006
9/10

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Jack continues his investigations into the Regional Crime Squad detective's death. However, it isn't as simple as he would like....Young WPC Susan Kavanaugh is placed in severe danger in order to prove herself to her colleagues, and it's up to Jack Frost to try and save her before it's too late.....

Part 2 of Line of Fire continues the suspense and intrigue quite well, with credible performances from all the actors concerned. Viewers will find themselves homing in on the suspect, which may be someone very close to home. But can Jack prove it?

Separating this story into two parts certainly makes Line of Fire more interesting, with a fine enough conclusion that should satisfy most fans. That's the secret of A Touch of Frost; the ability to keep viewers hooked with serious drama and humour combined, along with strong acting and unusual twists to to the tale. Line of Fire certainly carries that trait on. Excellent.

Great!, 7 December 2006
10/10

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A Regional Crime Squad detective is found murdered on Jack's patch. Could his death have something to do with an undercover car theft ring? When Frost takes the lead in the subsequent investigation, he soon comes head-to-head with the dead policeman's boss, as well as suffering severe hostility from the victim's colleagues....

A welcome performance from Nicky Henson as D.S. Larry Finlay, a hard-hitting but sometimes naive officer who understandably takes offence to Jack's techniques to catch the killer. But is Jack pushing his luck too far or is he on the right track?

Line of Fire was the first of three two part specials of A Touch of Frost, which also welcomed the return of a character whom viewers hadn't seen for five years! A great cliffhanger awaits the end of part one and is not to be missed!

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Adequate enough, 6 December 2006
7/10

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A health and safety inspector disappears and a young girl is found dead, and Frost has his work cut out. On top of that, he has to take care of a police dog! Amusing moments abound, particularly when the animal takes an instant dislike to Supt. Mullett! A full-hardy game of cat-and-mouse in Jack's attempts to nail a suspect enlightens the viewer, and the case is brought to a violent conclusion, which almost results in death....

One Man's Meat isn't the best episode of A Touch of Frost, but the sheer moments of comedy mixed with the usual drama makes it a perfectly adequate edition in the franchise. 7/10


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