Monday, March 9, 2015

Mortal Thoughts (1991)

Synopsis: Remember that episode of The Sopranos when Janice whacked Richie Aprile after he smacked her around? Well, just imagine what would have happened had she phoned Carmela, rather than Tony for help in disposing of the evidence.

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “Told in a series of haunting flashbacks, the story unfolds as a determined police detective (Harvey Keitel) questions New Jersey housewife, Cynthia Kellogg (Demi Moore), about the death of her best friend’s abusive husband (brilliantly played by Bruce Willis).”

What Did I Learn?: Rat poison looks a lot like sugar.

You Might Like This Movie If: You'll gladly watch a good police interrogation.

Really?: Ok, I realize that James’ death wasn’t planned, and Cynthia and Joyce are panicked, and have to make up a plan on the fly, but come on....couldn’t they have done a better job of getting rid of his corpse than simply dumping it in a secluded ditch? How about burying it, or weighing it down and throwing it into the ocean? Without a body, the cops only have a missing person case.

Rating: Mortal Thoughts is an outstanding true-crime drama. I’ve never been a big fan of Demi Moore’s acting, but she more than carries the film with a highly convincing performance as a long-suffering New Jersey hairdresser who gets caught up in a murder plot that spirals out of control; her scenes with Keitel are electrically-charged, and quite memorable. Oh, and kudos to Bruce Willis for a great job in playing a real asshole. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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