Contemporary film noir comes a cropper in this misguided mystery clamoring after the style of BODY HEAT (1981). It takes more than a saxophone to create atmosphere; what this film lacks is a sinuous screenplay whose curves aren't obvious a mile away.
Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Michael Nash (Luke Perry) makes a living snapping incriminating photos for lawyer Beth Sussman (Lisa Edelstein). Zachariah Dodd (James Read), a powerful, feared attorney at Beth's firm, requests Jimmy's aid in proving the infidelity of his wife Eve (Gloria Reuben).
Dodd has many enemies, including an attorney named Jeremy (Adam Baldwin) whom he passed over for partnership.
While Michael is secretly photographing Eve at the ocean, she attempts suicide by washing down pills with a brand of exclusive wine. Michael rescues her from the surf. Neglecting his girlfriend Kate (Laura Rogen), Michael foolhardily falls for unhappy Eve. One night, a frazzled Eve hands Michael
the gun with which she claims she just killed control freak Dodd. Although Michael utilizes his ex-cop skills to cover up Eve's involvement, Detective Roos (Peter Coyote) senses a conspiracy between Eve and a secret lover to share Dodd's $75 million estate.
Tipped off by his precinct informant (and AA buddy) Sean (Vladimir Nemirovsky), Michael learns that Eve's first husband also died under mysterious circumstances; Michael has been set up to take the fall for Dodd's murder. Scanning his surveillance photographs of Eve, Michael spots the brand of
wine that Eve attempted suicide with. Once Michael recalls that Jeremy shares Eve's taste in wine, he realizes that Jeremy is Eve's inamorata. Although Michael nearly gets shot by Eve as he confronts the celebrating lovers, the police arrive to apprehend Eve and Jeremy.
The interminable INDISCREET doesn't leave a single femme fatale cliche unturned. Filled with stale plot twists, this neo-noir grinds to a halt every time some new Eve deception comes into play. Although some of the supporting roles are intriguingly conceived and energetically played--including
Linda Edelstein as the aggressive lawyer and James Read as the unscrupulous power broker--the leads siphon off our interest in the mystery due to their juiceless portrayals of generic roles. This moody clinker strikes too many wrong notes while seeking that lost chord of classic Hollywood Film
Noir. (Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: R
- Review: Contemporary film noir comes a cropper in this misguided mystery clamoring after the style of BODY HEAT (1981). It takes more than a saxophone to create atmosphere; what this film lacks is a sinuous screenplay whose curves aren't obvious a mile away. Ex-c… (more)