Jennifer Eight

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • R
  • Romance, Thriller

Despite a gimmicky, underdeveloped plot, JENNIFER EIGHT is a moody, atmospheric thriller, featuring several fine performances and marking a promising major studio debut by writer-director Bruce Robinson. Burnt-out cop John Berlin (Andy Garcia) leaves the LAPD for a supposedly quieter life in rural California with the Eureka police force. Instead, Berlin...read more

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Despite a gimmicky, underdeveloped plot, JENNIFER EIGHT is a moody, atmospheric thriller, featuring several fine performances and marking a promising major studio debut by writer-director Bruce Robinson.

Burnt-out cop John Berlin (Andy Garcia) leaves the LAPD for a supposedly quieter life in rural California with the Eureka police force. Instead, Berlin immediately rankles his new colleagues by reopening an unsolved case involving the serial murders of seven blind girls. Berlin becomes convinced

that the eighth victim, "Jennifer 8," will be gorgeous blind student Helena Robertson (Uma Thurman), with whom he falls in love. Before long, Berlin is framed for a murder and the serial killer is once more on the prowl.

For most of its running time, JENNIFER EIGHT is effectively and powerfully built around the echoing existences of Robertson, whose blindness makes her easy prey to the fear and panic of isolation, and Berlin, whose absorption in his gruesome work has left him similarly isolated and fearful. Where

the film falls apart is in failing to follow through on Berlin's growing dependence on Helena as he finds himself blindsided after being framed for Ross's murder.

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Despite a gimmicky, underdeveloped plot, JENNIFER EIGHT is a moody, atmospheric thriller, featuring several fine performances and marking a promising major studio debut by writer-director Bruce Robinson. Burnt-out cop John Berlin (Andy Garcia) leaves the… (more)

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