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Genre: Drama/Thriller
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson
Director: Stephen Tolkin
Rating: PG (Some Gore & Sexual References)
Year Made: 2007







Languages: English/Portuguese/
Subtitles: English/Portuguese/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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Claire Forlani, Oliver Hudson and Jacqueline Bisset star in this exciting thriller about a woman returning to her hometown to make peace with her unsettling past. Tory (Claire Forlani) knew coming home wouldn't be easy, even if she didn't have a gift for psychic visions. A trip down memory lane means reliving horrific images that flashed through her mind many years before, the night her childhood friend Hope was brutally killed. As though that weren't twisted enough, Tory soon discovers that Hope's death was only the first in a string of murders that have continued every year since that terrible day. And the worst part? This sociopath has been waiting patiently for Tory's return. So now she's got two choices: use her supernatural powers to catch this killer or end up his next victim.


When you are a best selling author with over 100 novels under your name, you can expect movie adaptations to be made sooner or later. And if you are a writer of romance novels with over 250 million copies in print, you can expect movie adaptations even sooner. Nora Roberts is this author whose movies have been made into TV movies (watch out for a series of reviews on our humble website), and you can expect TV movie treatment for these adaptations.

In this story, there is an additional touch of thriller and suspense. Twenty odd years old Tory Bodeen revisits her childhood town where her best friend was killed in an unsolved crime. Tory has the special gift to see events in the past and present, and as all good stpry developments go, she was unable to prevent her best friend’s death or see who the murderer was. As her best friend’s death anniversary approaches, Tory relives her memories with her childhood friends, one who likes her romantically. The question is, who is this secret killer, and will her friends stand by her side emotionally?

Maybe it’s a gender thing, but the male viewer may not find this premise terribly exciting. Sure, our female counterparts may appreciate the emotional ups and downs as written in the novel, but when this is translated to screen, they just do not work. It does not help that the entire 95-minute feature feels like a small scale TV production (which we shouldn’t be faulting because it was meant as a TV feature), and pales in comparison when you think of bigger budgeted movies.

To be fair, Claire Forlani (The Medallion, Meet Joe Black) plays Tory with a nice amount of flair, and the casual viewer will enjoy her performance. The comfortable pairing with Oliver Hudson (TV’s Dawson Creek) also makes for pleasurable viewing. The other supporting characters may seem forgettable though.

When the movie reaches its finale where a plot twist reveals the true killer, you may have lost interest in the TV movie because of its indecisive plot focus. This is a shame, because director Stephen Tolkin’s efforts to make the movie engaging can be evidently felt in his varied characterization and decent scripting. Unless you are a fan of Roberts’ books or have read this novel, the movie feels second rate, especially if you have a blockbuster DVD lying next to this one.


There are no extra features on this Code 3 DVD, except for “Trailers” of other Sony releases like The Jane Austen Book Club and The Water Horse: Legends of the Deep.


There is nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, and there are English, Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


Other titles from Origin Entertainment:

. Montana Sky

. Across The Universe

. The Jane Austen Book Club

. The Triplets of Belleville

. The Ten Commandments

. CJ7

. Living Death

. La Vie En Rose

. Urban Justice

. Perfect Stranger

. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

. Reign Over Me

. Surf's Up

. 5ivegirls

. Vacancy

. Paprika

. Walking Tall: Lone Justice

. Dead Mary

. Spider-Man 3

. Priceless

. Trust the Man

. The Contractor

. Blood And Chocolate

. The Wicker Man

. Wind Chill

. Are We Done Yet?

. Android Apocalypse

. Elizabeth I

. The Proposition

. 3 Needles

. Ghost Rider

. The Pursuit of Happyness

. The Illusionist

. Catch & Release


This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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