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Ricochet

"Ricochet" 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 bad acting.

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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