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Malevolent (2002)

Detective Jack Lucas, a harried, self-hating, Los Angeles police detective races against the clock to clear his name when he's framed for a series of killings committed by a crafty serial killer, who targets him as his latest fall guy.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Jack Lucas
Edoardo Ballerini ... Oliver Chadwicke
Kari Wuhrer ... Jessica Tarrant
Gwen McGee ... Carla Gifford
Carmen Argenziano ... Warren Lucas
Iva Hasperger ... Sandy
Steven Bauer ... Greg Pruitt
Rex Ryon Rex Ryon ... Joe Dexter
David Reivers ... Ray Bressler
Guy Ecker ... Al Voss
Jack McGee ... Eddie
Amye Williams Amye Williams ... Mother
Troy Byer ... Kelly (as Troy Beyer)
Mike Butters ... Mike
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Storyline

Detective Jack Lucas is racing to clear his name, when he's framed for a series of murders. A maverick cop under routine investigation for a job-related shooting, Jack finds himself being set up as the prime suspect in an escalating killing spree. Sliding deeper into trouble and with few clues to go on, Jack desperately teams with exotic dancer Jessica, who may hold the key to the motive behind the mystery. With time running out, he must do whatever it takes to put all the pieces together and prove his innocence before the real killer pulls off the perfect crime. Written by Anonymous

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The setup. The betrayal. Vengeance is coming.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist of Fate See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stock footage used: The opening car chase are edited scenes from The Corruptor (1999), while the finale (another big car chase) was originally seen in Marked for Death (1990). See more »

Goofs

@14:41, Jack lights a smoke. He then starts his answering machine, and lights another. See more »

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Edited from Marked for Death (1990) See more »

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Etude in E Major Op 10, No. 3
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Andrei Ivanovitch
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Too Many Illogicalities
13 June 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although Lou Diamond Phillips is the star the Malevolent one in Malevolent is Edoardo Ballerini, a most diabolical serial killer who not only is good at his work, but pretty good at making cop Lou Diamond Phillips look like the guilty party.

It's a rather far-fetched yarn that Malevolent is spinning. Some of the premises of the story and the motivations of Ballerini are quite illogical as Mr. Spock would put it, even from the evil mind of a serial killer who doesn't think like the rest of us.

Kari Wuhrer who has done a couple of other films with Lou plays a topless dancer and someone that Ballerini is fixated on. She could provide the clues necessary to Lou to stop the freak.

While all this is going on, Phillips is under suspicion due to a shooting incident where his former partner was found to be dirty. His new partner, Gwen McGee isn't quite sure she can trust him and she's cutting him quite a bit of slack to get the job done.

Too many illogicalities keep Malevolent from being a top rate police drama thriller though the cast does its best.


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