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A Colder Kind of Death (2001)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 9 January 2001
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Ex-detective Joanne Kilbourn now works as a university lecturer and a "law and order" commentator for the local news. She is reminded of the reason why she left the force when the ... See full summary »

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... Joanne Kilbourn
... Insp. Philip Millard
... Eric Matthews
... Gary Hargrave
... Jill Dempsey
... Tess Malone
... Howard Downey
... Maureen Gault
... Sylvie Hargrave
Jason Knight ... Peter Kilbourn
Callahan Connor ... Angus Kilbourn
Natasha La Force ... Taylor Kilbourn
Edward Jaunz ... Ian Kilbourn
... Kevin Tarpley
Dave Nichols ... Supt. Watson
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Ex-detective Joanne Kilbourn now works as a university lecturer and a "law and order" commentator for the local news. She is reminded of the reason why she left the force when the six-year-old case file on her husband's murder is reopened and a suspect, Kevin Tarpley, is arrested. Kevin denies being the killer but does seem to have insider information about Ian's death; unfortunately, Kevin is gunned down in the street soon after his arrest. When Joanne is confronted by Kevin's mysterious wife, Maureen Gault, at a party in front of all of Ian's old politician friends, she begins investigating. Soon, she finds herself the chief suspect in a murder, and she also discovers that Ian's old friends aren't exactly friends to her. This film is the fourth in a series featuring Joanne Kilbourn; it resolves the murder of her husband and her longstanding flirtatious relationship with her ex-partner, Millard. Written by Sidekick

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A Complex Political Whodunnit.
14 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

There are a lot of pokers in the fire in this story of political corruption, which makes for an interesting film.

Six years ago, Peter Kilbourn was murdered by the side of the road. Finally, the case is reopened when an alibi recants his statement and admits that the main suspect in the case had committed the crime. Kevin Tarpley is arrested. All throughout the interrogation he apologises but never revokes his innocence in the murder. However, when he is being transferred Tarpley is shot and killed by a sniper, making Joanne Kilbourn (Crewson) suspect ulterior motives, so she sets about tracking down Tarpley's murder in the hopes of resolving her husband's. This is the beginning of a complicated, though well structured and nicely interwoven, story where everyone could be a suspect and possible murderer.

For the most part, Turner does an okay job with the direction. Opting for a standard style so as to let the story speak for itself. It would have been nice to have a few interesting camera pans instead of the usual kind. The pace is steady as well. Once again this is okay for this type of story, but a few peaks of tension wouldn't have gone amiss.

All of the actors and actresses did well in their portrayals of their characters, though a couple did stand out for me. Kari Matchett makes a really good bad girl - I'd love to see her in more tough girl roles. Robin Dunne, who would've been put to good use in a few more scenes, had a presence and his slightly comedic character helped to lift the mood of the film and stop it feeling stale. When these two were on screen the film skipped up a notch. That said, none of the other actors and actresses was anywhere near bad; even the smaller parts were interesting. I particularly liked the Hair Dresser and the School Principal.

However, it is the story that carries the film and as such makes the reveal hard to solve. This is why, I would recommend this to all Mystery & Thriller Lovers, Armchair Detectives, and Whodunnit Pundits. This is a political conspiracy I challenge you to solve.


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