Mar 20, 2014

Review: Judas Kiss (1998)

Judas Kiss begins in an inexplicable fashion that I guess sums up this whole watching experience. Why exactly are Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, two awesomely talented English actors cast as law enforcement in Louisiana? Their accents are uneven but there's worse. There is an absolutely hilarious attempt at a Cajun accent from Philip Baker Hall which makes me sad to say because I loved the guy since seeing him as Bookman in an episode of Seinfeld.

The story isn't too bad I suppose but the dialogue wore down on me. It's trying too hard and the effort is showing. I think the possibility of trying to come up with a Quentin Tarantino-esque crime movie was the intention here. It unfortunately falls short in trying to mimic Tarantino's whip smart dialogue. It tries throwing in some popular culture conversations and there's even a torture scene which seems a bit too much to be coincidental.

Carla Gugino plays her role pretty well though as a vulnerable criminal and she's the only thing that's memorable. Judas Kiss is just a forgettable movie that isn't quite terrible but probably not worth a watch unless you're interested in seeing Rickman and Thompson's attempted Cajun accents.


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