KISS THE GIRLS
In the midlle of Northern Carolina, a number of young,
attractive, young, women have gone missing; two turn up dead.
Morgan Freeman plays a cool, highly intelligent forensic
psychiatrist who works in conjunction with the Washington D.C.
police department. When his own niece, a brilliant violinist, is
reported missing, Freeman assists in the investigation, which is
given an unexpected boost when an intended victim, a local
doctor(Ashley Judd), escapes from what we discover is not the
hands of a serial killer, but a collector of beautiful, strong
"Kiss the Girls is terrific entertainment: a superbly
directed thriller with an economical script and top performances.
While there are some shades of The Collector and Seven,
thereís a lot in this exciting film thatís new. The
anticipation of tension culminating in heart stoppingly scary
moments, is expertly constructed by director Gary Fleder, who has
used skill, perception and artistic flair in his direction.
Morgan Freeman gives yet another great performance as the
forensic detective and crime author Alex Cross. He shines in
every way, and is a joy to watch: his subtlety, presence and
charisma are undeniable. Ashley Judd is beguiling as Kate. She
exudes a vibrancy and credibility that makes her interesting to
watch. This is a well made film with excellent production values
that takes the viewer on a thrilling emotional trip. Mark
Ishamís music score is a good example of a musical work of
art. Building tension throughout, the music colours by different
shades; at times it is inconspicuous but there in the background;
other times it takes the starring role and delivers a musically
pleasing, non derivative, individual sound. With the exception of
a slightly muddy plot element towards the end, we are connected
and enthralled by excellent star performances, engaging script
and good direction."
"There might well be resonances with Seven, but this taut
thriller, imaginatively directed, is a classy and enthralling
affair. Edgy and unpredictable, Kiss the Girls is a deft and
beguiling work, with an intelligent, literate script of genuine
surprises and well developed characterisations; a rarity for the
genre. What it also has, like Seven, is Morgan Freeman, and
watching him on screen, cool yet always thinking, is worth the
price of admission alone. Freeman has created many fascinating
characters, and makes this intellectual psychologist/cop totally
believable and fascinating in what he says and how he says it.
He's matched by Ashley Judd, coming into her own; she delivers a
strong performance as a woman using her inner and physical
strength to avoid being a victim. She has a dynamic screen
presence: someone to look out for. Crisp and energetic, superbly
cut together to heighten suspense, Kiss the Girls is a compelling
and inviting tale that is gripping and exciting, yet refuses to
insult its audience. A refreshing change don't you think?"
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KISS THE GIRLS (MA)
CAST: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn,
Jay O. Sanders, bill Nunnm Brian Cox, Alex McArthur, Richard T.
Jones, Jeremy Piven, William Converse-Roberts, Gina Ravera, Roma
DIRECTOR: Gary Fleder
PRODUCER: David Brown, Joe Wizan
SCRIPT: David Klass (based on the novel by James Patterson)
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Aaron Schneider
EDITOR: William Steinkamp
MUSIC: Mark Isham
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nelson Coates
RUNNING TIME: 116 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 6, 1997
Aust Video Distributor: CIC
Video Release: Dec 17, 1998