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Primetime Show Reviews
review by Suzanne
Premieres Wednesday, November 30, at 9pm ET/PT on TNT.
TNT is doing this new thing called "Mystery Movie Night", where
they are showing these new crime dramas. The second one is this movie
"Ricochet". At first I thought it was a little too slow, but it got better as it
went along. I just think that the writing could have been a little better. It's
one of those where everyone acts very mysterious, and you don't really connect
with anyone. Part of the problem is the casting. I loved John Corbett in
"Northern Exposure", but he's not what I would call a great actor. He's fine
playing the laid-back nice guy, but whenever he has to show other emotions,
especially anger, he just talks really loud, and it doesn't sound realistic. It
just sounds like bad acting. He plays the lead detective in this, and he's not
really the nice guy, so it's too much of a stretch for Corbett. I don't really
see much chemistry between him and Julie Benz, either.
The movie is about how these two detectives investigate a murder; Corbett is one
of the detectives, Duncan Hunter, and his partner is Deedee Bowen, played by
Kelly Overton (she's not what I'd call a great actress, either). There is a big
bad drug dealer that they are after, but they can't get a conviction. The judge
in the case seems corrupt. Then his wife shoots an intruder in their house. One
of my favorite actors, Gary Cole, plays the judge. He is always great. Julie
Benz, another favorite, plays his wife.
This movie is set in Savannah, so they try to make it one of those sleazy
southern-style moody movies, like "The Big Easy", but it doesn't really work for
me. I don't believe any of them are Southern, for one thing. Julie Benz does a
great job of playing the wife. Throughout the movie, Hunter is attracted to the
wife, even though he thinks she might be a killer and a little nuts, and she
keeps lying to him.
The story is interesting, but I think it's undercut by bad direction and mostly
TNT has released a promo from The TNT Mystery Movie Night, an
all-new original movie showcase of six contemporary crime dramas set to launch
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The showcase will kick off with Scott
Turow's Innocent, starring Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina,
Richard Schiff and Tahmoh Penikett. The TNT Mystery Movie Night will also star
John Corbett, Julie Benz, Kelly Overton and Gary Cole in Ricochet, based on the
bestseller by Sandra Brown.
Ricochet - Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Two homicide detectives find their careers - and lives - on the line when they
get caught up in a case of murder and betrayal in high-society Savannah. Emmy
nominee John Corbett (Sex and the City, Northern Exposure) is set to star in
this atmospheric tale based on the book by #1 New York Times best-selling author
Sandra Brown. He plays Det. Sgt. Duncan Hunter, who is investigating a corrupt
judge, played by Gary Cole (Midnight Caller, TNT's Wanted), while also becoming
romantically involved with his wife, played by Julie Benz (Dexter). Kelly
Overton (The Ring Two) plays Det. Deedee Bowen, Hatcher's blue-collar partner;
Kadeem Hardison (Panther, Made of Honor) is Detective Bob Worley; and Haaz
Sleiman (The Visitor, Nurse Jackie) is drug dealer Robert Savich. Nick Gomez
(Dexter, Drowning Mona) is directing Ricochet from a script by Donald Martin
(The Craigslist Killer). Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) and Jim Head (On
Strike for Christmas) serve as executive producers.
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